DePaul headed back to Lincoln Park with their heads held low following a 80-64 drubbing at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Saturday.
On a cold night in Evanston, DePaul (4-2) was equally cold shooting. The Blue Demons shot two for 20 from beyond the arc and 32.8 percent overall.
“We gotta do a better job of sharing the ball,” guard Chris Harrison-Docks said. “I think we took a lot of bad shots because people got frustrated.”
The final score is deceiving. DePaul was never in the game. Northwestern dominated from the opening tip and led by by as many as 39 points with 15:51 left in the game.
The Wildcats especially did well inside the paint, while the Demons were not penetrating and were settling for outside jump shots.
“I thought when we got out of our comfort zone, we didn’t handle it well,” said DePaul coach Dave Leitao.
Northwestern (6-2) excelled at making things uncomfortable for the Blue Demons. The Wildcats held DePaul’s leading scorer Eli Cain to nine points on three of nine shooting.
“We tried to make it where (Cain) didn’t see a lot of space,” said Northwestern coach Chris Collins.
Northwestern’s Scottie Lindsey was presented with the Waldo Fisher-Frank McGrath Award, which goes to the game’s Most Valuable Player, after the game.
Lindsey led all scorers with 19 points on seven of 16 shooting.
Four Wildcats finished in double-figures. Vic Law contributed 16 points. Sanjay Lumpkin recorded a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Gavin Skelly added 15 points coming off the bench.
The Blue Demons were led by Darrick Wood off the bench with 15 points on six of 12 from the field to go along with eight rebounds. Joe Hanel added 11 points and seven rebounds.
Billy Garrett, Jr. shot one for nine overall and finished with 11 points. To go along with a bad shooting night, Garrett had three turnovers with just three assists.
Next up for DePaul is a meeting with the Lamar Cardinals at Allstate Arena on Tuesday night.