After executing their motion-offense to near perfection in the first half and opening minutes of the second half, Northwestern went cold once Buffalo switched to a one-three-one zone defense. Northwestern tried to shoot over the zone, but made only 2-of-13 three-point field goal attempts.A.J. back on the board
With the Wildcats miss-firing from the outside and no longer able to get easy points in the paint, the Bulls chipped Northwestern's lead down to eight points with 6:52 to play. The Wildcats, however, hung on for the
seven-point victory and extended their record on the season to 7-3.
Buffalo Freshman guard Calvin Cage, who came into the game averaging only three points per game, sparked the Bulls and led all scorers with 24 points. Northwestern was led in scoring by Aaron Jennings with 19 points and TJ Parker with 15.
After scoring only a combined three points over Northwestern's past two contests, Senior center Aaron Jennings led the Wildcats in scoring with a career-high 19 points. Aaron shot 7-of-9 from the floor, 1-of-1 from beyond the arc, and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. He also added 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and a blocked shot.Where's Winston?
Northwestern Head Coach Bill Carmody, upset about having lost the large second-half lead, had but a single sardonic comment on Aaron's performance after the game: "Well, he made his lay-ups."
Senior forward Winston Blake, the Wildcats' leading scorer and most credible outside threat over the past two seasons, went 0-for-5 from beyond the arc and has now missed 12 consecutive three-point attempts. Winston also missed two front-ends of one-and-one free-throw opportunities in the closing minutes of the game and committed four turnovers. The"Scooter" looks like a wide receiver
upside of Winston's performance was that he played the full 40-minutes, scored 11 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, sank his other 3 free-throw attempts, and came up with a steal.
Freshman point-guard T.J. Parker has established himself as the Wildcats' best and most consistent player thus far this season. T.J. scored in double-figures for the ninth consecutive game and leads all Wildcats with an average of 12.7 points per game. T.J. displayed his trademark lightening-quick speed against the Buffalo full-court press by twice streaking down the court past the Bulls to receive over-the-shoulder passes and take them in for lay-ups.The upcoming tilt
[On WGN - Dave Eanet made a comment that Football Coach Randy Walker might want to talk to Jitim and TJ]
The Wildcats host their final non-conference opponent of the season, the Blackbirds of Long Island, this Saturday, January 4 at 7 p.m. at Welsh-Ryan Arena.