Northwestern crushes New Orleans behind Taphorn's career night
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EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Nathan Taphorn scored 18 points and Scottie Lindsey added 16 as Northwestern routed New Orleans 83-49 on Sunday night.
Gavin Skelly had 14 and Vic Law 11 for the Wildcats (7-2), who led by as much as 41 and have won four straight.
Erik Thomas had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Travin Thibodeaux added 10 points for New Orleans (4-4), whose three-game winning streak was snapped.
After the Privateers scored the first two points of the second half, the Wildcats went on a 22-0 run to command a 65-24 lead. The run included two Bryant McIntosh free throws following a technical foul on New Orleans coach Mark Slessinger.
The Wildcats led 43-22 at halftime after shooting 46 percent from the field to New Orleans’ 32 percent. Lindsey scored six of his 13 points during a 13-3 Wildcats run to extend the lead to 19. The Privateers committed 11 turnovers.