Northwestern men's basketball coach Chris Collins has a lot of teaching to do in his first year at the helm.
He's already starting to see some of it pay off.
Alex Olah scored a career-high 18 points to lead the Northwestern Wildcats to a 72-59 victory over the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs Monday night.
The 7-foot sophomore used his large frame to his advantage as Northwestern (4-2) won its third straight game.
"Alex Olah was the star of the game," Collins said. "He took his time when we went to him. Sometimes you forget that he's just starting his sophomore year. He's a young player."
Olah, who had only reached double-digits once before Monday night, heeded Collins' advice to attack the basket, but make smart decisions once the ball is in his hands.
"Coaches wanted me to be more aggressive in the post," Olah said. "If I have patience, I think I can score against anybody."
He also had six rebounds and five blocks.
Missouri 78, IUPUI 64: Jabari Brown scored a career-high 24 points and Jordan Clarkson added 22 to help Missouri defeat IUPUI.
The Tigers finished 5-0 under coach Tim Fuller, who filled in for Frank Haith as the head coach served an NCAA-mandated suspension. Haith will return to the bench for the team's Thanksgiving matchup against Northwestern in Las Vegas.
Ja'Rob McCallum scored 14 points and Ian Chiles added 12 for IUPUI (1-5), which shot 50 percent from the field in the first half but only 39.4 percent in the second.
UIC 74, San Diego 70: Kelsey Barlow scored a career-high 17 points as Illinois-Chicago ended San Diego's five-game winning streak in the opening round of the Gulf Coast Showcase.
It was a see-saw affair, with 12 lead changes and neither team was up by more than seven points.
UIC moves on to face Louisiana Tech on Tuesday.
Barlow was just 3-of-13 shooting, making just one of his 7 3-pointers, but made 10 of 13 free throws for UIC (2-3). The Flames also got 13 points from Marc Brown, while Gabe Snider and Jake Wiegand added 11 apiece.
The teams combined to shoot 59 free throws — UIC made 22 and the Toreros 20.
St. Bonaventure 83, S. Illinois 71: Matthew Wright scored a career-high 32 points to lead St. Bonaventure in an opening-round game of the inaugural Gulf Coast Showcase.
The Bonnies (4-1) picked up their fourth win in five games by shooting 29 of 55 from the field, connecting on 10 of 21 from beyond the 3-point line.
St. Bonaventure advances to play Wagner in a second-round game Tuesday night. The Salukis (1-4) play Stetson.
Desmar Jackson had 25 points to lead Southern Illinois, with Jalen Pendleton and Anthony Beane each adding 13.
The Salukis shot well from the field (23 of 42), but allowed St. Bonaventure to pull down a dozen offensive rebounds.