On Saturday, the ‘Cats outlasted the EA Sports All-Stars for a 64 – 59 victory as senior forward Winston Blake and junior guard Jitim Young poured in 19 points a piece. Regular Northwestern forward Vedran Vukusic started at center and added another 11 points. With impressive debuts by starting freshmen point guard TJ Parker [NU Photo - right] and substitute forward Jimmy Maley, Northwestern utilized its motion offense and match-up zone defense to erase an early deficit and hang on for the win.
Northwestern played most the game with a seven-man rotation due in part to injuries to senior center Aaron Jennings, freshmen center Ivan Tolic, and junior guard Patrick Towne. Wildcat fans hope that tonight's final exhibition game will provide an opportunity to get a look at sharp-shooting freshman guard Evan Seacat [NU Photo - left], sophomore center Thomas Soltau, and freshman combo guard Mohamed Hachad. Seacat and Soltau did not play Saturday, while Hachad played just over two minutes.
Like the EA Sports All-Stars, the Northwest Sports All-Stars are an exhibition team made up of former pro and collegiate stars. Northwest Sports is led by former Atlanta Hawk, Ed Gray, who was exceptional scoring 28 points in a 108 – 74 loss to Valparaiso on Saturday. Northwest Sports comes into Evanston off a 96 – 66 drubbing last night at the hands of future Northwestern opponent IUPUI.
The Wildcats open the regular season next Friday, November 22 against Maryland-Eastern Shore at Welsh-Ryan Arena at 8 p.m.
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