Chris Collins won his coaching debut for Northwestern as Drew Crawford scored 25 points to help the Wildcats beat Eastern Illinois 72-55 in their season opener on Saturday.
JerShon Cobb had nine points and eight assists for the Wildcats. Sanjay Lumpkin was 3 for 3 from 3-point range for nine points, and Alex Olah added eight points and eight rebounds.
DePaul 96, Grambling State 58: Freshman Tommy Hamilton IV scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in his college debut to help the DePaul Blue Demons to a victory over Grambling State in their season opener at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
Senior Cleveland Melvin added a team-high 17 points for the Blue Demons, knocking down all five of his 3-point attempts.
A'Torri Shine had a game-high 21 points for Grambling State, which dropped its 29th straight game.
Drake 61, Illinois-Chicago 59: Richard Carter scored a career-best 38 points and Drake hung on to escape Illinois-Chicago with a victory for new coach Ray Giacoletti.
Carter, who averaged less than 10 points per game last season, hit 12 of 17 from the field and was 12-for-12 from the line, but even so the Bulldogs had to sweat the ending as a 9-point lead evaporated in the final eight minutes.
Illinois-Chicago's Hayden Humes, a Valparaiso High School graduate, slashed to the basket with one second remaining only to have his layup rim in and out. Drake's Jacob Enevold, who only played 11 minutes because of foul trouble, had subbed in for defense with 6 seconds left and snagged the win-preserving rebound, his only one of the game.
Marc Brown led the Flames with 22 points; Kelsey Barlow added 11 and Humes 10.
Chicago St 77, Urbana 52: Quinton Pippen scored 16 points, and Clarke Rosenberg added 11 to lead Chicago State (1-1) past Division-II Urbana.