EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern men’s basketball (7-3) came from behind to take down cross-town rival DePaul (5-2) Saturday afternoon on the back of electric performances from Vic Law and A.J.Turner.
The Wildcats scored 46 points, including 25 unanswered in the second half, as they improved to 5-1 at home.
Turner dropped a career-high 24 points on just 13 shot attempts, while also stuffing the stat sheet with five assists, three steals, and three rebounds. His six made three-pointers were also a career-best for the redshirt junior who earned the Waldo Fisher-Frank McGrath Award — given to the MVP of the DePaul-Northwestern matchup — for his performance.
Law led all scorers with 25 in the game, connecting on a pair of threes and all nine of his free throw attempts. The senior added seven rebounds and two blocks in addition to extending his streak of double-digit scoring in every contest so far this year.
The hosts also received a dominant all-around performance from Dererk Pardon. The senior center scored 10 points with a team-high eight rebounds and game-high four blocks.
The visitors got off to a quick start in the opening minutes, hitting five of their first six shot attempts and jumping out to an early lead. NU struggled from deep in the opening minutes, with Turner connecting on the team’s first three-pointer just past the midway point of the half.
Chicago’s Big Ten Team continued to claw its way back as a pair of threes from Miller Kopp and Turner with under seven minutes to go brought the score to 24-23, seizing momentum for the ‘Cats as DePaul was forced to call a timeout.
Turner recorded his third trey of the contest with another make two minutes later. The junior finished the frame with a team-best 11 points, also adding a pair of assists and a steal.
Sophomore Anthony Gaines also provided a spark in the opening 20 minutes, recording four assists and four rebounds in 14 minutes of action as DePaul led 41-29 at the break.
Northwestern quickly scored the first six points of the second half, cutting the deficit to six in less than two minutes. DePaul responded, however, stretching the lead back to 15 with with 9:48 minutes left in the game.
The Wildcats then came storming back, dominating on both sides of the ball as they ripped off an incredible 25-0 run over 6:50 of action. NU held DePaul without a field goal for eight minutes while Law and Turner took over on the offensive end, hitting a combined five threes and scoring at least 10 points apiece during the run.
Four late makes from the charity stripe by Law sealed the game for Northwestern, putting his team up 71-64 with under a minute on the clock. The final score read 75-68 in favor of the hosts after more late free throws from Gaines and Law.
Next up for the ‘Cats will be another Chicagoland matchup when they host Chicago State on Monday, Dec. 18. Tip is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT at the new Welsh-Ryan Arena.
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