then the NSU Demons came up to Evanston to try for a split against the Cats. It just wasn't going to happen.
NSU did jump out to a early 2-0 lead on a layup by Gerrell Thomas, but Tim Doyle fed Craig Moore inside for a layup, and the game was quickly tied.
A Steal, then a layup by Kevin Coble with an assist from Tim Doyle, the the Cats had a lead they would never relinquish.
Coble would go on to lead all of NU's scorers with 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals, although Craig Moore and Jeff Ryan also had 3 steals for NU.
Craig Moore and Jason Okrzesik [left] both broke double figures in the game with 13.
Okrzesik also had a couple of steals in 18 minutes of play Sunday.
Along with his 3 steals, Moore also added 4 assists, but the big assist leaders were a forward and a center.
Vince Scott continued his improved play, scoring 6, pulling 7 rebounds and tallying 7 assists, to go with 2 blocked shots and a steal in 25 minutes of play. He was perfect form the foul line [2-2] but missed his only 3 pointer.
Tim Doyle also showed his skill passing, while scoring 6. He was credited with 9 assists and a rebound in 27 minutes..
Also scoring for the Cats; Joe Kennedy, who was 2 of 2 from outside the arc for 6; Jean-Marc Melchior who played 6 minutes, grabbing 3 rebounds;
Walk-on Matt Steger - 2 points; and Jeff Ryan who added 9 points on 2-5 shooting and 5 of 7 from the free throw line. Ryan also added 3 steals to the total of 14.
Jeremy Nash [below] also had a decent game. 2 of 7 shooting [1 for 5 from 3] with 3 rebounds, a steal and an assist.
All told, the Cats shot 63% for the game [34-54] and 41.2% from the arc. They were over 70% from the foul line also.
NU scored 23 points off turnovers and 54 points in the paint - a sign that the NU-Princeton offense was clicking Sunday.
Leading scorer for NSU was Luke Rogers, who pumped in 17, but 19 turnovers and 14 steals, plus poor shooting doomed the Demons almost from the start.
While the Wildcats are off to their best start in years, their next opponent, Penn State was also showing they are going to be a force in the Big 10, as they finished the pre-conference schedule 9-4 with a 129-111 victory over VMI in the Bryce Jordan Center in State college.
The big gun for the Lions was [surprise!] Geary Claxton - scoring 31 and his 1,000th career point. The only negative was that the Lions gave up 111 points.
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