Early into the contest it seemed as if both teams were trying to keep pace with one another. None of the offenses could hold any sort of lead, as the first half featured four ties and six lead changes.
Alex Marcoutullio provided a huge boost coming off of the bench for the Wildcats tonight. The guard accounted for eleven points, four rebounds, and one steal.
His effort combined with Michael Thompson's offensive spark late in the first half would be all Northwestern needed to push ahead. The senior drained a pair of threes, then later added four more points to extend Northwestern's lead to six.
Indiana would never see the lead again. Northwestern headed into the locker room at halftime up 40-30.
Indiana would threaten the Wildcats' lead in the second half, cutting it down to a one-point difference on four separate occasions. Verdell Jones, who scored 18 points, led the Hoosiers during their run.
John Shurna showed flashes of his old self tonight and was a key contributor in the second half. Battling through injury, the junior finished with 19 points, and stretched the Wildcats' lead at moments when it appeared Indiana would overtake them.
Indiana had three players score in the double digits, but some costly turnovers committed in the second half is what did the Hoosiers in tonight.
It's important to note, Juice Thompson entered tonight's contest making his 141st-consecutive start for the Wildcats. The senior would also end tonight's game by eclipsing the 1500 points mark.
Northwestern now receives a much-deserved five-day rest before returning to action on Thursday, when they take on Penn State. Tipoff is set for 8:00 CT from Welsh-Ryan Arena.