Northwestern Wildcats defeated the Bulls of Buffalo 69-62 at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston.
"> Northwestern Wildcats defeated the Bulls of Buffalo 69-62 at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston.

Northwestern vs. Buffalo Post-Game Digest

It was a tale of two halves Wednesday night as the <font color="#330033"><b>Northwestern Wildcats</b></font> defeated the <font color="#6633ff"><b>Bulls of Buffalo</b></font> 69-62 at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston.<br>

Many of the Wildcat players donned shirts with the phrase "MAKE SHOTS" on the back in pre-game warm-ups.  The Wildcats did just that, sinking a remarkable 22 of their first 25 shots from the floor in addition to shooting 7-of-8 from the free throw line en route to a 52-28 lead two-minutes into the second half.

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.

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.
A.J. back on the board
AJAfter 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.  

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."
Where's Winston?
BlakeSenior 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
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.
 "Scooter" looks like a wide receiver
"Scooter"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.

[On WGN - Dave Eanet made a comment that Football Coach Randy Walker  might want to talk to Jitim and TJ]
The upcoming tilt
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.
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