Northwestern Defeats Mississippi Valley State, 86-64

Photo: Northwestern Athletics
Photo: Northwestern Athletics

After a nine-day break, Northwestern (6-5) returned to action against Mississippi Valley State (3-7) on Monday night with a 86-64 victory.

The Wildcats were led by Drew Crawford’s season-high 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Alex Olah and Tre Demps each posted 18 points.

Sanjay Lumpkin also had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

James Currington led the Delta Devils with 14 points and 13 boards, while Cameron Dobbs added 12 points off the bench.

The Wildcats used a 16-5 run to capture a 14-point lead late in the first half, but the Delta Devils cut the deficit back to 10 points on DeAngelo Priar’s halfcourt buzzer beater.

Mississippi Valley State was back within single digits after Dobbs’ three-pointer with 17:50 remaining, but the Delta Devils could not get any closer than nine points as Northwestern continued to extend its lead all the way until Demps’ jumper with 1:23 left put the advantage at 22 points.

Northwestern shot 53.7% from the field, its best mark in a home game this season, and also had a 2:1 assist to turnover ratio to tie its best of the season (Illinois State, Nov. 17).

The Wildcats will return to action on Sunday against Brown, with tip-off at 1 p.m. CT at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.

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