Northwestern needs big second half to squeak by Brown

Northwestern needs big second half to squeak by Brown
December 22, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Associated Press

EVANSTON — 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 left 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-of-59 (35.6 percent.)

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Brown led, 27-25, at the half. The Bears shot only 38.7 percent in the opening 20 minutes, but the Wildcats were even worse, going through long droughts and hitting only 10 of 32 shots.

McGonagill paced Brown in the half, going 5 for 9 with two three-point scores.

Crawford had 17 of Northwestern's 25 first-half points, going 6 for 10 from the floor, 2 for 4 on 3-pointers and adding three free throws, to keep it close.

JerShon Cobb, the Wildcats second-leading scorer at 13.6 points per game, missed his second game with a sprained left ankle.

Sunday's game was the eighth meeting between the Wildcats and Bears, dating to 1961-62. Northwestern leads series 6-2.

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