Indiana charged out of the locker room to an 11-0 lead in the first five minutes of the game. Northwestern continued their cold streak from the perimeter, shooting only 25% from beyond the arc on their way to a 34-22 deficit by halftime.
The Hoosiers started the second half on a 9-2 run that extended their lead to 43-24.
In Northwestern's first two conference tilts in Evanston, the Wildcats had cut double-digit deficits to two and four-point margins. In Bloomington, however, the Wildcats were unable to put together a comeback and eventually fell to a 14-point loss.
Northwestern was led in scoring by Jason Burke with 14 points. The loss dropped Northwestern's record to 8-6 overall, and 0-3 in the Big Ten. Indiana improved to 12-3 and 2-1, respectively.
Winston playing himself out of the lineup
Senior forward Winston Blake [NU Photo left] led the Wildcats in scoring each of the last two seasons and even earned All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors last season. This season, Winston still has yet to lead Northwestern in scoring in a single game. The trend worsened Wednesday night as Winston was shut out on 0-for-4 shooting and played only 14 minutes. Winston started the game, but did not start the second-half
After the game when asked about the possibility of removing Winston from the Northwestern starting lineup, Head Coach Bill Carmody responded, "
It's not going well for Winston right now. He knows it and we all know it. It's probably not a bad idea to try to help him out that way."
An unlikely leader
Senior forward Jason Burke was unexpectedly promoted to the starting lineup at the onset of the season when sophomore Vedran Vukusic went down with a season-ending shoulder injury. Jason struggled in the early part of non-conference play and was soon replaced in the starting lineup by freshman Jimmy Maley [above right]
With strong play as the Wildcats' sixth-man, Jason worked his way back into the starting lineup and went on to lead Northwestern in most categories Wednesday night at Indiana. Jason scored 14 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, came up with 2 steals, shot 60% on 3-of-5 shooting beyond the arc, was a perfect 1-for-1 from the free-throw line, and dished out 2 assists in 34 minutes.
Short but sweet homecoming
Sharp-shooting freshman guard and Paoli, IN native Evan Seacat played only the expiring 1:56 of the game in his first return to his home state. Nevertheless, Evan made the most of his time on the floor, stealing an inbound pass under Indiana's basket and draining his only shot. Perhaps overly eager to make a splash in his homecoming, Evan calmly canned a three-point shot six feet beyond the three-point arc.
The upcoming tilt
The Wildcats return home to face the Michigan Wolverines this Saturday, January 18. Northwestern looks to avenge a blow-out loss in the first-round of the Big Ten Tournament last season that may have cost the Wildcats a birth in the NIT Tournament. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
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