Game 6 recap: Northwestern pummels Rutgers, 83-61

Game 6 recap: Northwestern pummels Rutgers, 83-61

WASHINGTON — The Cinderella story keeps getting better. Northwestern’s NCAA ticket already is stamped, but the Wildcats want to build some mojo after going 3-6 down the stretch. NU’s 22 wins are a school single-season record. And its 10 conference victories are the most since 1932-33. And on it goes in this magical ride.

And it continues, as the No. 6 Wildcats—the program’s highest seed ever–took down No. 14 Rutgers, 83-61, in their opening Big Ten tourney game, pushing on to play No. 3 Maryland on Thursday. Everyone got a chance to get in on the action for NU on this night.

Here’s the best from Northwestern’s easy win.

Top star: Vic Law, Northwestern. He hit 5-of-6 shots for 16 points to go with four assists and five boards. He was active and impactful.

Top stat: 31, consecutive points scored by Northwestern in the first half, marking the largest run in Big Ten men’s basketball history.

Top dunk: Scottie Lindsey was streaking down the left wing when he spotted Vic Law angling toward the rim on the right wing. Lindsey lofted a perfect pass to the edge of the rim that Law caught and crushed into the rim to give the Wildcats a 30-9 lead.

It was over when: Rutgers had a lead at one point in this game. Then Northwestern went on a 31-0- run to take a 37-9 edge, capped by a Sanjay Lumpkin dunk with 6:18 left in the first half. Finally, Nigel Johnson of Rutgers hit a 3-pointer to get the Scarlet Knights to double-digits and break NU’s run. But, it was too late. The Wildcats led 42-24 at halftime and never looked back.

Did you see that? Northwestern alums Brad Hall and Julia Louis-Dreyfus were in attendance to watch their son Charlie Hall. Bonus, Hall got in the game and grabbed two boards.


  • This was Northwestern’s third win of the season vs. Rutgers.
  • Rutgers notched its first ever Big Ten tourney win on Wednesday by taking down No. 10 Ohio State. It was the first time a No. 14 seed had won a game in the Big Ten tourney.
  • RU’s season is over, but the program appears to be on track under Steve Pikiell, as the Scarlet Knights doubled their win total from last year (7 to 14).
Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer

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