By John Beers
Northwestern and Minnesota came out firing in the first half, as the Wildcats enjoy a 39-35 halftime lead in the high-scoring affair. Both teams shot lights out from the tip as neither missed a field goal for first four minutes, and Northwestern remained perfect from the field for the first six and a half minutes of the contest.
Here are the stats you need to know from the first half:
- Vic Law looked every bit of the former top 100 recruit that he is, filling the stat sheet for the Wildcats. He put up 12 on 4-6 shooting including two made threes. He also got it done on the defensive end, registering two blocks.
- Bryant McIntosh was also huge for the Wildcats, leading all scorers with 14 first-half points while also handing out three assists.
- Dererk Pardon played 15 minutes of the first twenty for the Wildcats, as the big man saw his first action after missing the last eight games due to injury. Pardon contributed in all facets of the game, despite only registering 1 point, posting four rebounds, along with 2 assists and a steal.
- Scottie Lindsey took on the role of facilitator early in the game, leading Northwestern with four first-half assists. Lindsey came into the game averaging just under three assists per game on the season, with tonight being the sixth time he has 4+ assists this season.
- The Wildcats relied heavily on the three-ball, as 15 of of their first half points came from beyond the arc, while Northwestern attempted 11 total threes in the first 20 minutes.
- Vic Law and Bryant McIntosh both put three-points on the board the hard, as each were fouled shooting from long range and they combined to a perfect 6 for 6 on the resulting free throws.
- Despite connecting on their first seven field goals, the Wildcats hit a bit of a rut in the middle of the half. Starting at the 12-minute mark, the Wildcats were held scoreless for over four minutes and didn’t make another field goal until Nathan Taphorn connected on a three with four minutes left to play.
- Overall, there were seven lead changes and eight ties in the first half.
- Minnesota was lead by freshman guard Amir Coffey—brother of Northwestern Women’s basketball star Nia Coffey. The highly touted recruit had 10 points, while connecting on two 3s and notching a pair of steals.