‘Cats Cruise to Comfortable Victory in Season-Opener
By: Adam Braunstein
Northwestern opened up the 2016-2017 regular season Friday night against the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils. The ‘Cats took care of the Southwestern Athletic Conference foe with relative ease, winning by a score of 94-63. Some notes from the game:
- Despite not having played a regular season game since 2015, Vic Law looked to like he was in mid-season form in this one. Law put up 18 points and 6 rebounds while adding some flexibility to Coach Collins’ lineups. And in case you were worried, shoulder surgery has not hurt Law’s dunking ability at all.
- Northwestern had the green light to shoot from deep all night. The ‘Cats were 11-26 from long-range in the game. Don’t expect the 3-point shooting barrage to end anytime soon.
- Defensively, Northwestern payed far from a perfect game, but was more than adequate. The ‘Cats forced 5 turnovers in the first 7 minutes of the game on route to a quick start. There were some blown coverages and poor switches, but that is to be expected this early in the season, particularly with so many guys getting minutes who did not last year.
- Freshman Isiah Brown, who put up 18 points in the team’s exhibition vs. Illinois Springfield, did not have as big of a role in tonight’s game. Brown was held to just one shot in the entire first half, and finished the game with 11 points on 3-8 from the floor. It will be interesting to see how Coach Collins uses the energetic point guard as the season progresses.
- A lot of players saw minutes tonight, including freshman center Barret Benson. Benson only played 6 minutes, but in that time provided Northwestern with size that few other players on the team can.
Northwestern will have the remainder of the weekend off before playing Eastern Washington at home Monday night. Be sure to tune in at 8p.m. for our coverage of that game.