Northwestern looks for confidence-boosting win vs. NJIT

Northwestern Basketball

Fresh off a win in its Big Ten opener, Northwestern returns to nonconference play when it hosts the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Sunday in Evanston, Ill.

The Wildcats are coming off a 67-61 win at Maryland on Dec. 5 for their sixth win of the season after the squad won nine games all of last season.

Pete Nance led the way with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Boo Buie had 16 points, five rebounds and four assists and Chase Audige added 14 points, four rebounds and three assists. The Wildcats (6-2) forced the Terrapins to shoot 28.8 percent (17-for-59) from the field and commit 14 turnovers.

“Our whole goal was to invest in these players, and their development, and everyone is buying into winning,” Northwestern coach Chris Collins said. “Everybody is buying into winning and being an NCAA Tournament team and a top-half team in our league. They believe that is what we’re doing.”

Nance leads the Wildcats in points (17.2), rebounds (8.1) and blocks (1.9), while Buie averages a team-high 6.0 assists to go along with 16.6 points per game. Audige averages 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

NJIT (5-4) is coming off a 66-49 loss to visiting Army on Friday to end a three-game winning streak. The Highlanders got a game-high 16 points from Dylan O’Hearn, the reigning America East Player of the Week.

O’Hearn scored an NJIT Division I program-record 42 points on Dec. 5 in a win against Lafayette after scoring 20 and 16 points in wins against Sacred Heart and St. Elizabeth last week, respectively.

O’Hearn’s 42 points were the most by an America East player in two years and the second most for a Division I player this season. Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis scored 43 against Marshall on Nov. 27.

O’Hearn averages a team-high 19.4 points to go along with 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, while Miles Coleman averages 14.1 points and 5.8 rebounds. James Lee paces the Highlanders in assists (2.3) and steals (2.3), in addition to averaging 8.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

–Field Level Media

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