Northwestern off to 2-0 start in B1G play for first time in over a decade following win at Indiana
Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis continues to be a monster, but not even he could slow down the Wildcats on Wednesday.
Northwestern was already feeling good, knocking off No. 4 Michigan State for its first win over a top-five team since the 1970s. It also gave them a chance to improve to 2-0 in conference play while facing the Hoosiers.
The first half was all Wildcats with the visiting team carrying a nine-point lead into the break. Jackson-Davis tried to lead a rally in the second half, and he did just that, guiding the team back to a tie and brief lead with under 12 minutes to go.
Unfortunately for Indiana, Chase Audige stepped up for Northwestern in a big way. Audige finished with a team-high 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting, including going on a tear with less than four minutes to go. It was his hot streak that gave the Wildcats a cushion the rest of the way. Northwestern is now 2-0 in conference play for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
It was a refreshing performance as Northwestern saw Boo Buie, the star of the upset of the Spartans, put up a solid but far from incredible 11 points in the win. Four Wildcats scored in double figures.
For Indiana, Jackson-Davis put up a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds in the 74-67 defeat.