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Northwestern pulls out win over Brown

2013-12-22T21:00:00Z Northwestern pulls out win over BrownThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 22, 2013 9:00 pm  • 

Alex Olah scored eight of his 10 points in the second half and Kale Abrahamson had nine of his 11 in the final 20 minutes, allowing cold-shooting Northwestern to pull out a 58-52 win over Brown on Sunday.

Olah gave the Wildcats leads three times late in the game. His 3-pointer with 8:34 to put Northwestern (7-5) ahead for good at 44-41. Abrahamson's three-point play with 43 seconds left sealed the victory.

Drew Crawford led Northwestern with 24 points, 17 in the first half.

Sean McGonagill led Brown (6-4) with 16 and Cedric Kuakumensah added 10.

Brown, which hadn't played since Dec. 10, and Northwestern both struggled from the floor. The Bears went 20 for 63 (31.7 percent) and Northwestern was 21-59 (35.6 percent.)

Northern Illinois 71, UC Riverside 64: Dontel Highsmith scored a career-high 27 points as Northern Illinois took an early lead and held on.

Highsmith, a freshman, was 9 of 11 from the field, including three 3-pointers. He also made all six of his free throws and did not have a turnover.

The Huskies (5-5) had fallen behind when UC Riverside's (4-7) Nick Gruninger opened the game with a five-point flurry. Gruninger wasn't heard from again until well after halftime and the cold-shooting Highlanders, 35.7 percent, trailed by 10 at halftime.

Gruninger scored 12 of his season-high 18 points in the second half. Chris Harriel also scored a season-high 18 and his 3-pointer brought the Highlanders to within 62-59 with 1:25 to play. Highsmith hit a 3 on the other end, and Northern Illinois made 17 of 18 free throws in the final 10 minutes.

Illinois State 69, DePaul 64: Daishon Knight scored 16 points as Illinois State overcame a woeful shooting afternoon.

The Redbirds (7-5) rallied from a 7-point second half deficit despite shooting 31 percent from the field, including just 5-of-26 from behind the arc. Zach Lofton added 14 and Nick Zeisloft 11 for the Redbirds, who made 24 of 30 free throws to offset the woeful shooting.

DePaul was led by Billy Garrett with 18 points. Brandon Young added 17 and Durrell McDonald chipped in with 10 points.

DePaul was down two with 36 seconds left but with the possession arrow in ISU's favor Knight forced a jump ball, tying up DePaul's Garrett. He was fouled on the ensuing inbounds and made one free throw to give Illinois State a 67-64 lead with 15 seconds left. A long 3 from Brandon Young wasn't close and Bobby Hunter grabbed the rebound and made two free throws for the final margin.

A back and forth game that was tied eight times and saw the lead change four times. Illinois State was outrebounded and was 5-of-26 from 3-point range in the game but took advantage of 16 turnovers by the Blue Demons (7-5), scoring 17 points off those DePaul miscues. Illinois State turned the ball over just six times.

No. 10 Connecticut 82, Washington 70: Shabazz Napier scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half and grabbed six rebounds to lead UConn.

Fellow guard Ryan Boatright had 16 points and five rebounds and Lasan Kromah scored 14 points for Connecticut (10-1), which fell into a double-digit hole early in its first true road game of the season but controlled the game in the second half.

C.J. Wilcox led Washington (6-5) with 19 points on 6-of-15 shooting and had four assists. Darin Johnson had 13 points for Washington and Mike Anderson, who is from Hartford, Conn., added 10 points.

Wilcox hit two straight 3-pointers to give UW a 31-17 lead with 7 minutes to go in the first half, but those shots seemed to wake up the visiting Huskies.

UConn answered with a 15-2 run, including a stretch of 10 straight points. Connecticut took the lead for the first time since the opening minutes when DeAndre Daniel's layup made it 39-37 with 1:46 left in the first half, and UConn led 43-39 at halftime.

No. 12 Baylor 81, Southern U. 56: Isaiah Austin had 14 points and 10 rebounds as Baylor won its 10th straight home game.

Austin had his first double-double of the season while leading five players in double-figure scoring for the Bears (10-1).

Brady Heslip had 13 points for Baylor, while Cory Jefferson and Rico Gathers both had 12. Kenny Chery had 10 points.

Tre Lynch had 27 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead Southern (3-9).

The Jaguars, who made it to the NCAA tournament last season as the SWAC tournament champions, are 0-4 against Top 25 teams this season. They were coming off a 69-43 loss at top-ranked Arizona on Thursday night.

Jefferson had 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting by halftime, when Baylor led 36-26.

No. 17 Iowa St. 79, George Mason 67: Georges Niang scored 22 points for Iowa State in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic.

The Cyclones (9-0) had their second-lowest scoring game of the season but still managed to extend their winning streak. Iowa State — the top scoring team in the country — was one of 10 undefeated teams in Division I at the start of Sunday.

Melvin Ejim, Iowa State's leading scorer going into the game, had 14 points and 11 rebounds while DeAndre Kane had 13 points and eight assists.

Patrick Holloway scored 19 points for George Mason (5-5) and Byron Allen had 14.

Three minutes into the second half, Niang stole the ball from Marko Gujanicic and his layup gave Iowa State its first 10-point lead at 40-30. After that, George Mason pulled no closer than five points with 6:18 left.

No. 25 Iowa 85, Ark.-Pine Bluff 61: Josh Oglesby scored 13 points in his season debut as Iowa rolled.

The Hawkeyes (11-2) opened their final non-conference game with a 39-5 run. Jarrod Uthoff scored 16 points and Adam Woodbury added 10.

Oglesby missed Iowa's first 12 games with a broken foot. He made his first four 3-pointers during a 6-minute stretch in the first half.

Tevin Hammond scored 19 points for Pine Bluff (2-9), which lost its ninth straight.

The Hawkeyes shot 75 percent from the field in taking a 52-15 halftime lead. Iowa committed a season-worst 27 turnovers but dominated the rebounding 42-27.

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