By Josh Wasserman
Rev up the staples button, because that sure was easy. Northwestern toyed with SIU-Edwardsville before separating themselves behind some red hot shooting and Alex Olah’s inside dominance. The last time these teams played, the Wildcats coasted to the finish line, even taking 2 shot-clock violations at the end of the game to avoid scoring 100 points. In the end, this one wasn’t much different. NU is a Big Ten team, and a pretty decent one at that. SIUe is the second worst basketball team that starts with Southern Illinois. Here are some thoughts:
- Alex Olah had his best game since the season-opener, going for 21 points and 8 rebounds. He started the game off dominantly and scored a game high 12 points in the first half. After fading for a stretch at the beginning of the second half, he came back with 9 more points in the next ten.
- Aaron Falzon scored 17 points, tying his season-high in three-pointers made with 4. He opened up the second half with three made three’s and really started feeling it in the second half. He’s already the most dangerous jump shooter on the team.
- Tre Demps had a tough outing from the field, but he tied a career high with 7 assists. It’s always good to see Demps get those assist numbers high, especially as he’s being asked to be the backup point guard for the Wildcats this year.
- In the second half, Collins got a chance to play his second unit a lot and give his starters well-needed rest after the overtime game against Virginia Tech. Gavin Skelly and Nathan Taphorn especially impressed.
- Northwestern’s offense turned it up in second half after shooting only 38% from the field and 11% from three-point range in the first. Luckily, SIUE’s offensive struggled mightily, as they shot 36% in the first half, and 33% in the second. The Cats were strong defensively, but they faced an opponent that has as very weak offense.
- Another win for the Wildcats as they improve to 7-1, but their opponent wasn’t anything special by any stretch. That being said, who’s going to be splitting hairs about a 7-1 record for this team? It’s all roses right now.