Northwestern No Match For Baylor

Northwestern couldn't do anything to stop No. 7 Baylor, while finding itself unable to score. The Bears moved to 7-0 with a 69-41 win over the Wildcats, handing Northwestern its first loss of the season.

If Sunday's game with No. 7 Baylor was a true test of previously unbeaten Northwestern, it revealed the Wildcats have a lot of work to do. Baylor dominated Northwestern from start to finish, winning by a score of 69-41.

Two days after Northwestern scorched the net with a record-tying 20 three-pointers, the Wildcats finished the game shooting 24.1 percent from the field, while hitting just four 3-pointers.

Baylor's well-balanced offensive attack was unstoppable for a Northwestern defense which was badly exposed. The Bears finished the game shooting 60.4 percent from the field, while posting 46 points in the paint.

"(That game was) about as bad as you can play—offensively and defensively," said NU head coach Bill Carmody. "We couldn't stop them and couldn't put the ball in the basket."

The Bears finished with four scorers in double-figures, led by Quincy Acy and Pierre Jackson, who each finished with 16 points. Perry Jones III also added 12 points, while Brady Heslip scored 11 points.

"That's a good team and we ran into a buzz saw," said Carmody. "I think we were prepared but they were just more prepared."

NU had just two players in double-figures. Junior forward Drew Crawford finished with 15 points, while John Shurna added 11 points. However, the rest of the team combined to score 15 points.

"We got smacked pretty good," Carmody said. "I don't think we're that bad. They may be that good."

The Wildcats fell behind by eight points in the opening minutes, but used the under-16 media timeout to regroup. NU charged back in the following seven minutes, and cut the Baylor lead down to three points. The Bears took control after that.

Baylor closed out the first half on a 19-5 run, while completely containing Northwestern's offensive attack, holding them to 1-8 from the field and forcing four turnovers during the span.

Northwestern's struggles would continue, and even grow worse, in the second half. The Wildcats would shoot 20 percent from the field, while their large hole grew with each passing minute.

In the end, the Wildcats could not overcome their slow start, which set the tone for a dreadful game.

"We didn't play too well," said Drew Crawford. "Everyone was excited for the game. We just came out flat. That's one thing we just can't do. We wanted to come out with a lot of energy, we were unable to do that, and we were unable to fight back."

Baylor head coach Scott Drew acknowledged after the game that Northwestern's effort was no indication of what the team is truly made of.

"To Northwestern's credit, I think this is a team that's going to have a lot of success the rest of the year," said Drew, whose team will likely advance in the rankings.

The Wildcats now face a lengthy wait for their next game. With Northwestern University facing finals week, the team takes a break to hit the books. NU returns to the court on December 15th, when it hosts Texas Southern at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Freshman guard David Sobolewski sees the layoff as a bad thing for a team that is looking to recover from a deflating loss.

"It's definitely a bad time for a break," Sobolewski said. "At the same time, we've got to move on and get ready for our next game in (11) days."

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