Wildcats Down Delta Devils

There was no letdown to be had for Northwestern on Friday night. Bill Carmody was able rest his starters after a fast start, as the Wildcats routed Mississippi Valley State by a score of 92-67, keeping NU unbeaten for Sunday's showdown with the seventh-ranked Baylor Bears.

Simply put, Northwestern couldn't miss. The Wildcats tied a team record with 20 three-pointers en-route to a blowout 92-67 victory over Mississippi Valley State.

Coming off a win over Georgia Tech on Tuesday, and with a big game against No. 7 Baylor looming, the Wildcats avoided a letdown against the one-win Delta Devils.

"I just think we're playing at a nice level right now," said NU head coach Bill Carmody

When the Wildcats last played a small-conference team, against Stony Brook last Friday, a lackluster effort almost handed NU its first loss. Bill Carmody has his team focused and ready for the Delta Devils.

"Every team—as we saw with Stony Brook—has the ability to play." said NU guard Reggie Hearn, who finished with a career-high 15 points. "If we didn't come to play, that could bite us in the butt. Coaches were really stressing to take this game seriously."

Northwestern's starters set the tone from the start. A 14-0 run helped the Wildcats separate themselves in the early portion of the first half, and allowed Carmody to rest his starters.

John Shurna, Drew Crawford, Luka Mirkovic, and David Sobolewski each were removed late in the first half, and rested for the remainder of the game.

Any night we win is a good night," said Shurna. "A lot of people contributed tonight."

Senior guard Nick Fruendt led all Wildcat scorers with a career-high 21 points, including four 3-pointers, off the bench.

"Coach has been saying this year, ‘just let it go,'" said Fruendt, who played 25 minutes. "I've been practicing a lot on my shooting, so I know I can make them. Especially in a game like this, you're just really warm, and can knock them down.

NU shot 68.8 percent from the field in the first half, while hitting 12 three-pointers, compared to the Delta Devils' meager 24.1 first-half percentage from the field.

Mississippi Valley State outscored the Wildcats by 13 points in the second half, but that wasn't nearly enough to overcome the large deficit.

The unbeaten Wildcats now turn their attention to Sunday's tough test with the seventh-ranked Baylor Bears, who are the highest ranked team to play at Welsh-Ryan Arena since 1989.

After the win on Friday, Bill Carmody kept the team in the locker room to look at the scouting report for Baylor.

"They're really talented. They've got a lot of big, strong athletes. They can play inside and out. They're very talented.

Tipoff for Sunday's game with Baylor is set for 3:00 CT.

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