Law hit go-ahead basket as Northwestern holds off Rutgers
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Vic Law shook off a dismal shooting night to hit a go-ahead drive with 4:25 to play and Northwestern held off Rutgers 65-57 on Friday night after twice blowing 10-point seconds-half leads.
Ryan Taylor scored 14 points and hit two crucial 3-pointers after Law’s basket and Dererk Pardon had 17 points as Northwestern (11-7, 2-5) snapped a two-game losing streak and won for the second time in five games.
Montez Mathis had 16 points to lead Rutgers (8-9, 1-6), which has lost three straight after knocking off then-No. 16 Ohio State. Geo Baker added 12 for the Scarlet Knights, who were 15 of 25 from the foul line.
Northwestern opened leads of 37-27 and 47-37 in the second half, only to see Rutgers eventually tie the game at 49 on a scoop shot in the lane by Mathis with 5:58 to play. Mathis had a chance for a three-point play but missed the free throw.
After a couple empty possessions by both teams, Law drove the lane and hit only his second basket for a 51-49 lead. Rutgers had a chance to tie the contest with 3:57 to go, but center Shaq Doorson missed the first of two free throws.
Taylor then took over sandwiching his two big 3-pointers around two free throws by Pardon to open a 59-52 lead.
Law finished 2 of 10 from the field with six points.
Northwestern: A much-needed win for Wildcats against a traditionally weak opponent. Also avenged an overtime loss here last year
Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights are headed for another last-place finish in the conference unless they turn things around.
Northwestern hosts No. 25 Indiana on Tuesday night
Rutgers hosts Nebraska on Monday night.
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