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Northwestern sets records with 55-8 1st half, 96-31 victory

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Northwestern may want to petition to take another full week off in the future.

Vic Law scored 18 points and the Wildcats followed a seven-day layoff with the largest margin of victory in program history, beating Chicago State 96-31 on Monday night.

Northwestern (6-4) also established a program record for the fewest points yielded in a half in the shot-clock era as it raced out to a 55-8 lead at halftime. The 31 points allowed marked the second-lowest point total ever given up by a Wildcats team in the shot-clock era. The 65-point differential topped Northwestern's 101-49 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 14, 2014.

''We kind of refocused ourselves,'' Northwestern coach Chris Collins said. ''The first five games we kind of got away from what made us good (defensively) in the past. It wasn't like our character was bad or our attitude. We had to get back to work. We had to regain our edge. We had to regain our spirit.''

Apparently, Finals Week did the trick.

After splitting a pair of early Big Ten conference meetings, including a Dec. 3 loss at Purdue, the Wildcats didn't practice until Wednesday so players could take final exams.

But instead of looking like a team coming off a long layoff, Northwestern was energized early. Bolstered by torrid 3-point shooting and a swarming defense, the Wildcats scored the first 15 points of the contest and added a 21-0 run before halftime. Northwestern shot 9-for-16 from behind the arc and had assists on 14 of its 16 first-half buckets.

Aaron Falzon added 15 points for the Wildcats, who began a stretch of three games in six days with a season-high for points and assists (20).

Chicago State (2-11), which had scoreless droughts of 4 minutes, 40 seconds and 6 minutes, 40 seconds, made just 2-of-19 shots and committed 15 turnovers before the half. The 25 turnovers forced by Northwestern also was a season-high.

''We hadn't played in over a week and we were coming off a loss and hadn't started the season the (way) we wanted to,'' Falzon said. ''So it's always important to get out to a good start and just playing good basketball.''

Cameron Bowles scored eight points for the Cougars, who were 8-of-40 shooting.

BIG PICTURE

Chicago State: The Cougars haven't shied away from facing experienced competition. Northwestern is one of 13 opponents this season that played in a postseason tourney in the 2016-17 campaign, including six NCAA Tournament schools.

Northwestern: The Wildcats defense continued a strong stretch, holding Chicago State to 20-percent shooting from the field and forcing 25 turnovers. Northwestern entered Monday having yielded 61 points a contest in its previous four games after allowing 78 per in its first five efforts.

OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION

The 55 points produced by the Wildcats before halftime was the most the school has scored in a half since it dropped 55 on Sacred Heart on Dec. 21, 2015. Northwestern's 96-point effort was the most it has produced since a 98-59 victory over Rutgers on Feb. 27, 2016.

''They were playing a lot of zone,'' Collins said. ''We talked about sharing the ball and getting in the gaps. I thought our guys played very unselfishly.

''I just thought we played the right way. That's what you want out of your team.''

INJURY UPDATE

Before Monday's game, Northwestern announced that redshirt first-year forward Rapolas Ivanauskas would miss the rest of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery on Friday. Ivanauskas only appeared in three contests and had played 11 minutes this season. He missed the entire 2016-17 season after undergoing a procedure on the same shoulder.

UP NEXT

Chicago State hosts Bradley on Saturday.

Northwestern hosts Valparaiso on Thursday.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Northwestern  
19:47 +3 Aaron Falzon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Scottie Lindsey 0-3
19:16   Glen Burns missed driving layup  
19:14   Defensive rebound by Vic Law  
19:13   Shooting foul on Alex Dubovitskiy  
19:13 +1 Vic Law made 1st of 2 free throws 0-4
19:13 +1 Vic Law made 2nd of 2 free throws 0-5
18:48   Lost ball turnover on Montana Byrd, stolen by Vic Law  
18:42 +3 Scottie Lindsey made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bryant McIntosh 0-8
18:14   Personal foul on Vic Law  
18:01   Fred Sims Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:59   Defensive rebound by Dererk Pardon  
17:42   Shooting foul on Patrick Szpir  
17:42 +1 Dererk Pardon made 1st of 2 free throws 0-9
17:42 +1 Dererk Pardon made 2nd of 2 free throws 0-10
17:13   Bad pass turnover on Alex Dubovitskiy  
17:04   Bryant McIntosh missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:02   Offensive rebound by Dererk Pardon  
16:59 +2 Dererk Pardon made dunk 0-12
16:43   Personal foul on Scottie Lindsey  
16:40   Glen Burns missed driving layup  
16:38   Defensive rebound by Northwestern  
16:22 +3 Aaron Falzon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bryant McIntosh 0-15
15:53   Bad pass turnover on Patrick Szpir, stolen by Anthony Gaines  
15:52   Personal foul on Fred Sims Jr.  
15:48   Dererk Pardon missed layup  
15:46   Defensive rebound by Fred Sims Jr.  
15:30   Fred Sims Jr. missed driving layup, blocked by Scottie Lindsey  
15:28   Offensive rebound by Chicago State  
15:21 +2 Montana Byrd made jump shot 2-15
14:59 +3 Scottie Lindsey made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bryant McIntosh 2-18
14:45   Lost ball turnover on Glen Burns  
14:34   Bryant McIntosh missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:32   Offensive rebound by Dererk Pardon  
14:33   Personal foul on Alex Dubovitskiy  
14:23 +3 Vic Law made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Ash 2-21
13:47   Simeon Henton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:45   Defensive rebound by Anthony Gaines  
13:42   Personal foul on Simeon Henton  
13:37   Gavin Skelly missed layup  
13:35   Defensive rebound by Jelani Pruitt  
13:20   Traveling violation turnover on Patrick Szpir  
13:00   Shooting foul on Deionte Simmons  
13:00 +1 Gavin Skelly made 1st of 2 free throws 2-22
13:20 +1 Gavin Skelly made 2nd of 2 free throws 2-23
12:42   Cameron Bowles missed running Jump Shot  
12:40   Defensive rebound by Barret Benson  
12:29   Bad pass turnover on Gavin Skelly, stolen by Cameron Bowles  
12:22   Personal foul on Gavin Skelly  
12:12   Jelani Pruitt missed driving layup  
12:10   Offensive rebound by Cameron Bowles  
12:08 +2 Cameron Bowles made dunk 4-23
11:44   Isiah Brown missed floating jump shot  
11:42   Defensive rebound by Glen Burns  
11:35   Simeon Henton missed driving layup, blocked by Barret Benson  
11:35   Defensive rebound by Northwestern  
11:08   Barret Benson missed reverse layup  
11:06   Defensive rebound by Jelani Pruitt  
10:38   Shot clock violation turnover on Chicago State  
10:22   Vic Law missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:20   Defensive rebound by Jelani Pruitt  
10:16   Shooting foul on Dererk Pardon  
10:16   Jelani Pruitt missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:16 +1 Jelani Pruitt made 2nd of 2 free throws 5-23
10:00 +3 Aaron Falzon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bryant McIntosh 5-26
9:44   Bad pass turnover on Cameron Bowles, stolen by Bryant McIntosh  
9:40   Shooting foul on Glen Burns  
9:40   Scottie Lindsey missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:40 +1 Scottie Lindsey made 2nd of 2 free throws 5-27
9:23   Bad pass turnover on Glen Burns  
9:10   Aaron Falzon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:08   Offensive rebound by Northwestern  
9:07 +2 Aaron Falzon made layup, assist by Isiah Brown 5-29
9:07   Shooting foul on Simeon Henton  
9:07 +1 Aaron Falzon made free throw 5-30
8:54   Jelani Pruitt missed driving layup  
8:52   Defensive rebound by Scottie Lindsey  
8:42 +2 Dererk Pardon made reverse layup, assist by Isiah Brown 5-32
8:16   Deionte Simmons missed layup  
8:14   Defensive rebound by Dererk Pardon  
8:12   Traveling violation turnover on Isiah Brown  
7:57   Personal foul on Anthony Gaines  
7:45   Fred Sims Jr. missed jump shot  
7:43   Defensive rebound by Aaron Falzon  
7:26 +2 Dererk Pardon made dunk, assist by Aaron Falzon 5-34
7:01   Rob Shaw missed running Jump Shot  
6:59   Defensive rebound by Isiah Brown  
6:55 +2 Anthony Gaines made dunk, assist by Isiah Brown 5-36
6:44   Bad pass turnover on Fred Sims Jr., stolen by Jordan Ash  
6:34 +2 Bryant McIntosh made jump shot, assist by Jordan Ash 5-38
6:03   Jumpball received by Chicago State  
6:01   Cameron Bowles missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:59   Defensive rebound by Vic Law  
5:59   Shot clock violation turnover on Chicago State  
5:49   Personal foul on Montana Byrd  
5:49 +1 Vic Law made 1st of 2 free throws 5-39
5:49 +1 Vic Law made 2nd of 2 free throws 5-40
5:32   Personal foul on Gavin Skelly  
5:29   Bad pass turnover on Rob Shaw  
5:14 +3 Vic Law made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Scottie Lindsey 5-43
4:49   Fred Sims Jr. missed jump shot  
4:47   Defensive rebound by Dererk Pardon  
4:39   Shooting foul on Patrick Szpir  
4:39   Dererk Pardon missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:39 +1 Dererk Pardon made 2nd of 2 free throws 5-44
4:22   5-second inbounding violation turnover on Patrick Szpir  
4:11   Bryant McIntosh missed jump shot  
4:09   Defensive rebound by Nathan Townsen Jr.  
4:01   Offensive foul on Glen Burns  
4:01   Turnover on Glen Burns  
3:46   Jordan Ash missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:44   Defensive rebound by Patrick Szpir  
3:35   Shooting foul on Barret Benson  
3:35 +1 Patrick Szpir made 1st of 2 free throws 6-44
3:35   Patrick Szpir missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
3:35   Defensive rebound by Barret Benson  
3:19   Scottie Lindsey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:17   Offensive rebound by Scottie Lindsey  
3:13 +2 Scottie Lindsey made jump shot 6-46
2:57   Montana Byrd missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:56   Defensive rebound by Northwestern  
2:42 +3 Scottie Lindsey made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Ash 6-49
2:11   Patrick Szpir missed layup  
2:09   Offensive rebound by Patrick Szpir  
2:04   Patrick Szpir missed dunk  
2:02   Defensive rebound by Barret Benson  
1:58 +3 Bryant McIntosh made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Scottie Lindsey 6-52
1:36   Offensive foul on Montana Byrd  
1:36   Turnover on Montana Byrd  
1:23   Shooting foul on Montana Byrd  
1:23 +1 Anthony Gaines made 1st of 2 free throws 6-53
1:23   Anthony Gaines missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:23   Defensive rebound by Patrick Szpir  
1:09   Personal foul on Isiah Brown  
1:09 +1 Jelani Pruitt made 1st of 2 free throws 7-53
1:09 +1 Jelani Pruitt made 2nd of 2 free throws 8-53
54.0   Scottie Lindsey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
52.0   Defensive rebound by Glen Burns  
48.0   Offensive foul on Glen Burns  
48.0   Turnover on Glen Burns  
39.0   Personal foul on Nathan Townsen Jr.  
39.0 +1 Isiah Brown made 1st of 2 free throws 8-54
39.0 +1 Isiah Brown made 2nd of 2 free throws 8-55
23.0   Traveling violation turnover on Jelani Pruitt  
0.0   Isiah Brown missed jump shot  
0.0   Defensive rebound by Cameron Bowles  
0.0   End of period  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:49   Vic Law missed driving layup  
19:47   Defensive rebound by Glen Burns  
19:22 +3 Glen Burns made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Montana Byrd 11-55
19:09 +3 Vic Law made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bryant McIntosh 11-58
18:53   Lost ball turnover on Patrick Szpir, stolen by Dererk Pardon  
18:47   Bryant McIntosh missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:45   Defensive rebound by Fred Sims Jr.  
18:38   Bad pass turnover on Montana Byrd  
18:21   Aaron Falzon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:19   Defensive rebound by Deionte Simmons  
18:10   Lost ball turnover on Glen Burns, stolen by Dererk Pardon  
18:10   Personal foul on Montana Byrd  
17:50 +3 Aaron Falzon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bryant McIntosh 11-61
17:48   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Cameron Bowles  
17:48   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Glen Burns  
17:48 +1 Bryant McIntosh made 1st of 2 free throws 11-62
17:48 +1 Bryant McIntosh made 2nd of 2 free throws 11-63
17:48 +1 Bryant McIntosh made 1st of 2 free throws 11-64
17:48 +1 Bryant McIntosh made 2nd of 2 free throws 11-65
17:33   Shooting foul on Simeon Henton  
17:33 +1 Vic Law made 1st of 2 free throws 11-66
17:33 +1 Vic Law made 2nd of 2 free throws 11-67
17:08 +2 Jelani Pruitt made layup, assist by Simeon Henton 13-67
16:56   Aaron Falzon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:55   Offensive rebound by Dererk Pardon  
16:55   Shooting foul on Jelani Pruitt  
16:55 +1 Dererk Pardon made 1st of 2 free throws 13-68
16:55   Dererk Pardon missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
16:55   Defensive rebound by Deionte Simmons  
16:42   Fred Sims Jr. missed jump shot, blocked by Scottie Lindsey  
16:40   Defensive rebound by Vic Law  
16:32   Aaron Falzon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:30   Defensive rebound by Jelani Pruitt  
16:10   Simeon Henton missed driving layup  
16:08   Offensive rebound by Deionte Simmons  
16:04 +2 Deionte Simmons made tip-in 15-68
15:51   Personal foul on Alex Dubovitskiy  
15:48   Scottie Lindsey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:46   Defensive rebound by Deionte Simmons  
15:43   Shooting foul on Vic Law  
15:43   Jelani Pruitt missed 1st of 2 free throws  
15:43 +1 Jelani Pruitt made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-68
15:27   Gavin Skelly missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:25   Defensive rebound by Chicago State  
15:07   Fred Sims Jr. missed jump shot, blocked by Dererk Pardon  
15:05   Defensive rebound by Dererk Pardon  
15:01   Offensive foul on Gavin Skelly  
15:01   Turnover on Gavin Skelly  
14:32   Personal foul on Dererk Pardon  
14:32   Jelani Pruitt missed jump shot  
14:30   Defensive rebound by Gavin Skelly  
14:26 +2 Vic Law made driving layup, assist by Bryant McIntosh 16-70
14:26   Shooting foul on Deionte Simmons  
14:26 +1 Vic Law made free throw 16-71
14:01 +2 Cameron Bowles made driving layup, assist by Fred Sims Jr. 18-71
13:39   Anthony Gaines missed driving layup  
13:38   Defensive rebound by Jelani Pruitt  
13:38   Personal foul on Vic Law  
13:26   Jelani Pruitt missed finger-roll layup  
13:25   Offensive rebound by Jelani Pruitt  
13:25   Shooting foul on Gavin Skelly  
13:25 +1 Jelani Pruitt made 1st of 2 free throws 19-71
13:25   Jelani Pruitt missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:24   Defensive rebound by Northwestern  
13:10   Personal foul on Simeon Henton  
13:10 +1 Dererk Pardon made 1st of 2 free throws 19-72
13:10   Dererk Pardon missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:10   Offensive rebound by Scottie Lindsey  
13:05   Scottie Lindsey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:03   Offensive rebound by Dererk Pardon  
12:58 +2 Dererk Pardon made dunk 19-74
12:37   Bad pass turnover on Nathan Townsen Jr.  
12:29   Offensive foul on Aaron Falzon  
12:29   Turnover on Aaron Falzon  
12:01   Patrick Szpir missed jump shot  
11:59   Defensive rebound by Anthony Gaines  
11:36   Traveling violation turnover on Barret Benson  
11:07   Lost ball turnover on Patrick Szpir, stolen by Barret Benson  
10:55   Personal foul on Alex Dubovitskiy  
10:55   Isiah Brown missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:55 +1 Isiah Brown made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-75
10:33   Nathan Townsen Jr. missed driving layup  
10:31   Offensive rebound by Patrick Szpir  
10:26   Official timeout called  
10:00 +2 Cameron Bowles made hook shot, assist by Nathan Townsen Jr. 21-75
9:44   Shooting foul on Cameron Bowles  
9:44   Anthony Gaines missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:44 +1 Anthony Gaines made 2nd of 2 free throws 21-76
9:35   Lost ball turnover on Cameron Bowles, stolen by Anthony Gaines  
9:32 +2 Anthony Gaines made driving layup 21-78
9:32   Shooting foul on Fred Sims Jr.  
9:32 +1 Anthony Gaines made free throw 21-79
9:08   Fred Sims Jr. missed running Jump Shot  
9:06   Defensive rebound by Gavin Skelly  
8:59   Jordan Ash missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:57   Offensive rebound by Anthony Gaines  
8:48   Personal foul on Montana Byrd  
8:48 +1 Barret Benson made 1st of 2 free throws 21-80
8:48 +1 Barret Benson made 2nd of 2 free throws 21-81
8:24   Bad pass turnover on Nathan Townsen Jr., stolen by Jordan Ash  
8:20 +2 Jordan Ash made driving dunk 21-83
7:50   Fred Sims Jr. missed jump shot  
7:48   Defensive rebound by Gavin Skelly  
7:49   Traveling violation turnover on Gavin Skelly  
7:34   Fred Sims Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:32   Defensive rebound by Anthony Gaines  
7:09   Lost ball turnover on Barret Benson, stolen by Alex Dubovitskiy  
7:09