RAPID RECAP: Northwestern trounces Rutgers, 98-59
Northwestern took on one of the worst power conference teams in history in Rutgers, and the Scarlet Knights didn’t stand a chance.
- Every Wildcat besides Charlie Hall scored in this one. It was never close and by the middle of the second half, Chris Collins was able to clear his entire bench.
- Northwestern pretty much had this one from the get-go as they jumped out to a 16-4 lead five minutes into the game and never looked back.
- Tre Demps and Aaron Falzon were on fire from beyond the arc early and often. Northwestern shot 69% from the three point line in the first half and 61% overall. Rutgers had no answers for the Wildcats offense. The ‘Cats hit so many threes that the student section ran out of three cards.
- Northwestern’s 17 made three pointers were its most ever in a Big Ten game and its third-most ever in a game.
- Near the end of the first half, Tre Demps was close to single-handily outscoring Rutgers, 17-18. Demps went five of five from beyond the arc in the first half and finished the game with 28 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
- Alex Olah had his way with the Scarlet Knights big men down low as well, the senior big man finished with a double-double, putting up 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 rebounds in just 22 minutes.
- Among the many areas the ‘Cats dominated Rutgers in, offensive rebounding. The ‘Cats had 18 offensive rebounds which led to 22 second chance points. The ‘Cats also won the rebounding battle 44 to 24.
- With Northwestern up big in the second half, Charlie Hall finally saw a few minutes, entering the game at the 2:21 mark.
- Nathan Taporn hadn’t played since Northwestern took on Indiana at Assembly Hall but he got some minutes, finishing with 13 points and 2 rebounds.
- Even with Northwestern up big, Bryant McIntosh and Tre Demps still saw time in the second half, with both playing upwards of 10 minutes.
- Up big against an inferior foe, the ‘Cats were able to experiment a lot on offense and defense, putting in a full-court press and an extended zone for portions of this one
- The ‘Cats moved the ball incredibly well, building on their first half offensive performance against Michigan, finishing with 33 assists. McIntosh led the way with 13, breaking his career high of 11 he set against Minnesota earlier this year.