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MOVING ON! Wildcats Defeat Boise State in NCAA Tournament

MOVING ON! Wildcats Defeat Boise State in NCAA Tournament

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Boo Buie totaled 22 points while Chase Audige added 20 as Northwestern defeated Boise State, 75-67, at Golden1 Center on Thursday to advance to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament.

The Wildcats had four players score in double figures, led by Buie who led all players with 22 points to go along with a game-high five assists. Audige added 20 points, six rebounds and four steals and Ty Berry helped out with 13 points and six rebounds.

The Northwestern offense was strong from long range, making eight threes on 21 attempts. Berry hit three treys for the Wildcats in the contest. The ‘Cats’ defense was as strong as ever, holding Boise State shooters to only 40 percent from the field, including a 26.1 percent mark from three-point range.

How It Happened

After jumping out to a 10-8 advantage, Northwestern went on a 7-0 run with 15:32 left in the first half, culminating in a bucket from Nick Martinelli, to increase its lead to 17-8. Boise State chipped into the lead, but the Wildcats still entered halftime with a 38-32 advantage. Northwestern did most of its first half damage in the paint, scoring 20 of its 38 points close to the basket.

The Wildcats continued to fend off Boise State runs in the second half, headlined by a 6-0 run in a span of just over two minutes to give Northwestern a 66-56 lead with 3:15 remaining in the game. The ‘Cats shot a blistering 52.2 percent (12-of-23) from the field in the second half while holding the Broncos to just a 31.6 percent clip (12-of-38).

Game Notes

» Northwestern never trailed on the way to a 75-67 victory.
» Northwestern moves to 2-0 all time in the NCAA Tournament First Round.
» Northwestern knocked down eight three-pointers in the game.
» The Wildcats didn’t commit a foul for the first 9:47 of the first half.
» The Wildcats held the Broncos to only 40 percent shooting (26-of-65) from the field.
» Boo Buie had a game-high 22 points and Chase Audige added…

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