Wildcats Handle Robert Morris

Northwestern easily disposed of Robert Morris University in their season-opening exhibition match, winning handily by a score of 99-48.

Although the numbers officially won't count, Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody couldn't have asked for a much better performance from his team to start the season.

The Wildcats defeated Robert Morris 99-48 in their exhibition opener Monday night, in a team effort that included six players in double figures and points from every available player.

Nick Fruendt led all players in scoring with 17 points, followed by Davide Curletti's 16 and Dave Sobolewski's 15. John Shurna, who sat out the second half, scored 12 points in the first half.

"I thought every single guy I put in there played pretty well at both ends," Carmody said.

The Cats were extremely efficient shooting the ball, shooting 63-percent from the field and 75-percent from three-point range. The Eagles shot just 29-percent from the field.

NU shot extremely well despite missing three of its best players—Jershon Cobb, Drew Crawford and Alex Marcotullio.

Crawford and Marcotullio are both nursing sprained ankles, while Cobb is still nursing his hip after having surgery in the spring. The status of all three players for Sunday's regular season opener against Texas-Pan American is still unknown, but Carmody is hopeful they will play.

The absence of the Cats' veterans allowed for other bench players, particularly the freshmen, to showcase their skills.

Sobolewski started at point guard and displayed terrific passing skills, as well as an ability to shoot anywhere on the floor. He finished a perfect 3-3 from the field—including two three-pointers—and 7-9 from the free-throw line for 15 points, two assists and three steals.

Fellow freshman Tre Demps started at guard as well, finishing with 13 points. Freshman forward Mike Turner added four points and led the teams with eight rebounds.

"I thought Tre and Dave did a good job pushing it up," Carmody said. "I'm just happy with (Sobolewski's) decisions, flying the ball up the court a lot. He's played a lot of basketball, so I thought for his first time he did a pretty nice job."

Sobolewski looked extremely comfortable managing the game and got points from beyond the arc as well as driving the lane.

"You've gust got to play in the flow of the game and take what the defense gives you," he said. "And if they're up on you tight, you've got to get in the lane and find the open guy."

In addition to the freshmen, some familiar faces stepped up for the Cats as well. Shurna was impressive in the paint and beyond the arc, and tallied four assists in just one half of play.

Davide Curletti was the team's second-leading scorer with 16 points, including a monstrous first-half dunk, and added six rebounds.

While the freshmen were impressive, NU is anxious to return its three injured veterans, which will add more depth to a team that already has a good mix of young talent and experience.

"Obviously (Cobb, Crawford and Marcotullio) are a big part of our team," Sobolewski said. "Obviously we need them back and we can't wait to get them back."

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