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Falzon scores 21, Northwestern beats Indiana 73-66

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Chris Collins kept imploring Aaron Falzon to be patient and insisted the opportunity would come. This is what Falzon did when he finally got his chance.

Falzon scored a career-high 21 points and matched one with six 3-pointers to lead Northwestern to a 73-66 victory over struggling Indiana on Tuesday night.

Falzon scored 20 points two times during a promising 2015-16 freshman season. Since then, he's been slowed by injuries, even redshirting a year.

He had played just 18 minutes over three games this season. But with Pete Nance sidelined indefinitely because of mononucleosis, Falzon came through in a big way.

He nailed 6 of 7 3-pointers, and the Wildcats (12-7, 3-5 Big Ten) handed the Hoosiers (12-7, 3-5) their fifth straight loss.

''It's really, really hard for a young kid like me ... to be patient and wait on your moment,'' Falzon said. ''But you've got to believe it. Every day, I would just come and just shoot and try to work out and get extra workouts in. And hopefully my day would come. Today, it came and I was just ready for the moment.''

Dererk Pardon added 17 points for Northwestern. Collins became the third Northwestern coach with 100 wins, and the Wildcats (12-7, 3-5 Big Ten) hung on to hand the Hoosiers (12-7, 3-5) their fifth straight loss.

Juwan Morgan led Indiana with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Star freshman Romeo Langford scored 12 coming off a four-point outing against Purdue last week, and Indiana continued to stumble after winning 12 of their first 14 games.

''It really came down to the 3-point line tonight,'' coach Archie Miller said. ''They did a fantastic job. Aaron Falzon, you have to give him credit. He hadn't been playing much. He's obviously known as a shooter and he got going. One guy changed the game there.''

The Hoosiers basically went with a six-man rotation. They didn't have Devonte Green, who was suspended for ''not meeting the standards expected of members of the program'' on Tuesday. He had been starting lately because Rob Phinisee was working his way back from concussion-like symptoms.

Miller wouldn't say why Green was suspended or how long he will be out.

''Obviously, he's played a role on our team and he's played minutes, but he's not available and we go with what we go with,'' he said.

FALZON DELIVERS

Falzon, who missed the first 10 games, keyed a 15-4 run at the end of the first half, hitting three 3-pointers as Northwestern grabbed a 28-24 lead. He also had the fans chanting his name after scoring nine in about a two-minute span in the second as the Wildcats bumped the lead from 42-36 lead to 52-38.

''You'd love to play everybody 40 minutes, but that's just not going to be a reality,'' Collins said. ''He and I had conversations. And I just kept telling him, I said, `Aaron, I know you're frustrated. I know you want to get out there. And I haven't forgotten about you. Just please stay ready.'''

HANGING ON

It was 55-40 with about 12 minutes to go following a 3 by Ryan Taylor. Indiana then went on a 13-1 run, capped by Langford's 3-point play on a fallaway jumper to cut it to 56-53.

A layup by Pardon and two free throws each by Anthony Gaines and Vic Law got the lead up to nine with 5:28 left.

BIG PICTURE

Indiana: The Hoosiers struggled from the field, shooting 38.3 percent overall and 4 of 21 on 3-pointers.

Northwestern: Falzon had the right touch from the outside, and the Wildcats gave their postseason hopes a boost.

UP NEXT

Indiana: Hosts No. 5 Michigan on Friday.

Northwestern: Visits Wisconsin on Saturday.

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Key Players
R. Langford
0 G
V. Law
4 F
32.9 Min. Per Game 32.9
16.6 Pts. Per Game 16.6
2.9 Ast. Per Game 2.9
6.5 Reb. Per Game 6.5
48.5 Field Goal % 41.1
21.7 Three Point % 33.3
72.3 Free Throw % 83.5
  Defensive rebound by Dererk Pardon 4.0
  Rob Phinisee missed 3-pt. jump shot 6.0
+ 1 Ryan Taylor made 2nd of 2 free throws 11.0
  Ryan Taylor missed 1st of 2 free throws 11.0
  Personal foul on Aljami Durham 11.0
  Defensive rebound by Ryan Taylor 12.0
  Justin Smith missed 2nd of 2 free throws 12.0
  Justin Smith missed 1st of 2 free throws 12.0
  Personal foul on Dererk Pardon 12.0
  Offensive rebound by Justin Smith 12.0
  Romeo Langford missed 3-pt. jump shot 14.0
Team Stats
Points 66 73
Field Goals 23-60 (38.3%) 21-53 (39.6%)
3-Pointers 4-21 (19.0%) 10-24 (41.7%)
Free Throws 16-21 (76.2%) 21-29 (72.4%)
Total Rebounds 44 29
Offensive 10 4
Defensive 25 23
Team 9 2
Assists 15 17
Steals 1 4
Blocks 4 8
Turnovers 12 5
Fouls 22 18
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 11 REB, 3 AST
21 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Indiana 12-7 244266
home team logo Northwestern 12-7 284573
Team Stats
away team logo Indiana 12-7 72.1 PPG 39.3 RPG 13.5 APG
home team logo Northwestern 12-7 65.9 PPG 37.1 RPG 14.1 APG
Key Players
13
J. Morgan F 15.4 PPG 8.3 RPG 1.9 APG 56.0 FG%
35
A. Falzon F 3.9 PPG 1.6 RPG 0.6 APG 31.3 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Morgan F 18 PTS 11 REB 3 AST
A. Falzon F 21 PTS 1 REB 1 AST
38.3 FG% 39.6
19.0 3PT FG% 41.7
76.2 FT% 72.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Morgan 18 11 3 7/15 0/1 4/4 4 36 0 0 3 2 9
R. Phinisee 13 2 2 4/12 3/7 2/2 1 32 0 0 1 0 2
R. Langford 12 6 2 4/10 0/3 4/4 4 33 0 0 2 3 3
J. Smith 10 12 2 3/12 0/3 4/6 4 34 0 1 1 4 8
Z. McRoberts 0 1 3 0/2 0/2 0/0 2 19 0 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Morgan 18 11 3 7/15 0/1 4/4 4 36 0 0 3 2 9
R. Phinisee 13 2 2 4/12 3/7 2/2 1 32 0 0 1 0 2
R. Langford 12 6 2 4/10 0/3 4/4 4 33 0 0 2 3 3
J. Smith 10 12 2 3/12 0/3 4/6 4 34 0 1 1 4 8
Z. McRoberts 0 1 3 0/2 0/2 0/0 2 19 0 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Durham 11 1 3 4/7 1/4 2/5 3 33 1 0 1 1 0
E. Fitzner 2 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 2 6 0 1 0 0 0
C. Moore 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 1 0 0 2
D. Anderson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 2 0 0
J. Forrester 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 1 1 0 0
Q. Taylor - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jager - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Blackmon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 66 35 15 23/60 4/21 16/21 22 200 1 4 12 10 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Pardon 17 6 0 7/11 0/0 3/4 4 36 0 2 0 1 5
V. Law 11 7 3 1/8 1/4 8/10 3 34 1 3 0 1 6
A. Gaines 10 7 6 2/9 0/3 6/8 3 34 0 1 0 2 5
A. Turner 8 2 6 3/7 2/4 0/0 3 34 0 0 1 0 2
R. Taylor 6 1 1 2/8 1/5 1/4 2 26 2 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Pardon 17 6 0 7/11 0/0 3/4 4 36 0 2 0 1 5
V. Law 11 7 3 1/8 1/4 8/10 3 34 1 3 0 1 6
A. Gaines 10 7 6 2/9 0/3 6/8 3 34 0 1 0 2 5
A. Turner 8 2 6 3/7 2/4 0/0 3 34 0 0 1 0 2
R. Taylor 6 1 1 2/8 1/5 1/4 2 26 2 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Falzon 21 1 1 6/7 6/7 3/3 2 20 1 2 2 0 1
B. Benson 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 2
M. Kopp 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 5 0 0 1 0 0
R. Greer 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 0 1
J. Ash - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Hall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Malnati - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Nance - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 27 17 21/53 10/24 21/29 18 200 4 8 5 4 23