Northwestern reaches new level of offensive ineptitude

Northwestern reaches new level of offensive ineptitude
March 6, 2014, 8:30 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Northwestern's inability to score this season has been well documented. But the Wildcats reached a new level of offensive ineptitude Thursday night.

The Cats fell in Evanston, scoring a season-low 32 points in a 59-32 loss to Penn State. It was the first time Northwestern scored fewer than 40 points in a game since February 2000 in a 63-30 loss to Illinois.

It's not like Northwestern was a scoring juggernaut. The Cats entered the game the Big Ten's lowest-scoring team, averaging just 60 points a game. But the output Thursday — half the team's average — was atrocious even for them.

How bad were the numbers?

The Cats shot 23.3 percent from the field (making 10 shots all night) and 13.6 percent from 3-point range. Northwestern scored just 15 points in the first half and 17 in the second half.

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Individually, Alex Olah had 14 points, nearly half Northwestern's 32-point total. Drew Crawford scored just six points in his last game in Evanston. Tre Demps had five.

It was a low point of the season for Northwestern. The previous scoring low on the year was 40 points, which came in a Jan. 15 loss to Michigan State. This one stings more though, coming against another one of the conference's worst teams.

Northwestern, once riding higher than the program has in recent memory, will finish its season on an ugly note. Thursday's loss was the Cats' seventh straight, with just one game remaining this weekend against Purdue. A loss to the Boilermakers, and the once-promising season for Chris Collins' crew will end in a last-place finish.