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Law, Taylor help Northwestern beat New Orleans 82-52

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Northwestern turned to its most seasoned players in an 82-52 win over New Orleans on Thursday night.

Victor Law had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists. The redshirt senior, who was a key part of Northwestern's run to the NCAA tournament in 2017, passed 1,000 career points early in the game, becoming the 36th player in program history to top the plateau.

Ryan Taylor, a graduate transfer from Evansville, added 20 points, including six 3-pointers.

Law's known for his defensive prowess, but he showed off his versatility against the Privateers.

''His whole career, since we recruited Vic, I've always saw him as a jack-of-all-trades guy,'' said Northwestern coach Chris Collins. ''When he's at his best, he's impacting the game in every way, with defense, with rebounding, with playmaking, with shooting, with activity. I thought he showed that tonight.''

Law acknowledged after the game he knew he was close to the milestone as his final season as a Wildcat started.

''Do you want me to lie to you or do you want me to tell you the truth?'' Law asked reporters. ''I knew! I wasn't going for it. I knew I was close. I knew if I played my normal game, if I played aggressive, everything would work itself out.''

''The team was unselfish. They figured out he had a hot hand, and I think what will make them a good team in this rugged Big Ten is that they were smart enough in game one to figure out he had a hot hand and get him the ball,'' said New Orleans coach Mark Slessinger.

Taylor is one of two transfers on Northwestern's team. With four freshmen on the roster, the Wildcats (1-0) are still trying to figure some things out.

''It took a while to get used to the offense. There's still things I struggle with. From the basketball standpoint, it's been a struggle,'' Taylor said.

Gerrale Gates led New Orleans (1-1) with 10 points.

Northwestern opened a newly remodeled Welsh-Ryan Arena on the school's Evanston campus last Friday in an exhibition win over McKendree. The Wildcats have now christened the new court with a win in its season opener after spending a season playing at Allstate Arena, 14 miles away from campus.

HE SAID IT: ''All my guys have green lights. I'm a fun guy to play for when it comes to that. You're not going to get yelled at for shooting the ball. I might get on you for lack of effort or not being a good teammate, or not being locked in to some of our game plan stuff, but I was a gunslinger when I played, and I want our guys to shoot freely. I want them to take their shots and be cocky, and all of them have a green light in that regard,'' Northwestern coach Chris Collins.

BIG PICTURE

Northwestern started the season unranked, but with its highest-ranked recruiting class in school history. They play Georgia Tech on November 28 before starting Big 10 play at Indiana on Dec. 1. New Orleans has experienced both ends of the basketball pendulum in one week, beating Spring Hill 95-66 on Tuesday before losing to Northwestern by 30 points.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

The Wildcats scored 22 points off 15 Privateers turnovers.

UP NEXT

Northwestern: Faces American and Binghamton at home next week

New Orleans: Plays Pensacola Christian at home before traveling to UAB

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Barret Benson 24.0
  Charles Bohannon missed 3-pt. jump shot 26.0
+ 3 Miller Kopp made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Pete Nance 35.0
  Offensive rebound by Barret Benson 39.0
  A.J. Turner missed 3-pt. jump shot 41.0
+ 2 Tyren Harrison made layup 41.0
+ 2 Miller Kopp made layup 57.0
  Offensive rebound by Miller Kopp 1:03
  Barret Benson missed tip-in 1:05
  Offensive rebound by Barret Benson 1:10
  Ryan Greer missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:12
Team Stats
Points 52 82
Field Goals 20-49 (40.8%) 25-60 (41.7%)
3-Pointers 2-10 (20.0%) 11-30 (36.7%)
Free Throws 10-22 (45.5%) 21-26 (80.8%)
Total Rebounds 32 39
Offensive 6 14
Defensive 21 22
Team 5 3
Assists 11 16
Steals 4 7
Blocks 1 6
Turnovers 15 8
Fouls 21 18
Technicals 0 0
10 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
20 PTS, 1 REB
12T
away team logo New Orleans 1-1 282452
home team logo Northwestern 1-0 364682
Team Stats
away team logo New Orleans 1-1 75.5 PPG 40.3 RPG 17.8 APG
home team logo Northwestern 1-0 75.7 PPG 44.7 RPG 17.0 APG
Key Players
10
G. Gates F 9.5 PPG 6.5 RPG 2.3 APG 58.3 FG%
14
R. Taylor G 12.3 PPG 2.3 RPG 1.3 APG 38.7 FG%
Top Scorers
G. Gates F 10 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
R. Taylor G 20 PTS 1 REB 0 AST
40.8 FG% 41.7
20.0 3PT FG% 36.7
45.5 FT% 80.8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
G. Gates 27 10 5 2 1 0 4 2 4/6 0/0 2/2 2 3
S. Plaisance Jr. 20 7 3 1 0 0 1 5 3/6 0/1 1/4 1 2
D. Rosser 19 7 3 0 0 0 0 3 3/7 0/1 1/2 1 2
L. Berzat 28 4 5 4 1 0 3 0 2/5 0/3 0/0 0 5
E. Charles 28 4 5 1 0 0 0 3 1/5 0/1 2/4 0 5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
G. Gates 27 10 5 2 1 0 4 2 4/6 0/0 2/2 2 3
S. Plaisance Jr. 20 7 3 1 0 0 1 5 3/6 0/1 1/4 1 2
D. Rosser 19 7 3 0 0 0 0 3 3/7 0/1 1/2 1 2
L. Berzat 28 4 5 4 1 0 3 0 2/5 0/3 0/0 0 5
E. Charles 28 4 5 1 0 0 0 3 1/5 0/1 2/4 0 5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Green 21 7 2 0 0 0 2 3 3/7 0/0 1/2 0 2
B. Robinson 18 5 3 2 1 1 4 2 2/6 1/2 0/0 1 2
T. Harrison 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1/2 0/0 1/2 0 0
B. Riek 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 0
A. Haynes 7 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 2/6 0 0
J. Rosa 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
C. Bohannon 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0
J. Myers 16 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0/3 0/0 0/0 1 0
L. Robinson III 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
P. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 201 52 27 11 4 1 15 21 20/49 2/10 10/22 6 21
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
R. Taylor 28 20 1 0 0 0 0 2 7/15 6/11 0/0 0 1
V. Law 32 18 6 5 2 2 1 3 6/12 3/6 3/4 1 5
D. Pardon 32 13 11 2 1 0 0 1 4/5 0/0 5/6 7 4
M. Kopp 14 9 3 3 1 1 2 1 3/6 1/3 2/2 2 1
J. Ash 14 2 1 0 2 0 0 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
R. Taylor 28 20 1 0 0 0 0 2 7/15 6/11 0/0 0 1
V. Law 32 18 6 5 2 2 1 3 6/12 3/6 3/4 1 5
D. Pardon 32 13 11 2 1 0 0 1 4/5 0/0 5/6 7 4
M. Kopp 14 9 3 3 1 1 2 1 3/6 1/3 2/2 2 1
J. Ash 14 2 1 0 2 0 0 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Turner 31 11 4 4 0 0 3 3 1/9 0/5 9/10 0 4
A. Gaines 25 5 4 1 1 3 1 4 2/5 0/0 1/2 1 3
P. Nance 12 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 1/4 1/3 0/0 0 0
B. Benson 8 1 6 0 0 0 0 2 0/1 0/0 1/2 3 3
R. Greer 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0
A. Falzon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Hall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Malnati - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 199 82 36 16 7 6 8 18 25/60 11/30 21/26 14 22