WEST LAFAYETTE, IN — The Northwestern Wildcats (5-3/1-0) continued their early Big Ten conference slate on Sunday afternoon as they visited the Purdue Boilermakers (7-2/1-0) after beating the Illinois Fighting Illini in overtime on Friday night in Rosemont.
The Wildcats season can best be described as inconsistent to this point, with Northwestern struggling to find a leader after the departure of Sanjay Lumpkin last Spring. Much like Friday night, Northwestern jumped out to an early lead, hitting three of their first five shots to take a 6-2 lead, but the Boilermakers offense was overwhelming in the first half.
Purdue jumped out to a double-digit lead near the midway point of the opening half on Sunday afternoon, but the Wildcats got back into the game with an impressive 14-1 run that gave Northwestern a 27-25 lead late in the first half. Northwestern’s defense held the Boilermakers without a field goal for over six minutes and Scottie Lindsey added six of the 14 Cats’ points on the run.
After Purdue took the lead back near the end of the first half, Gavin Skelly scored back-to-back buckets and hit a pair of free-throws to give tie the game up at 33-33 after the first half horn sounded.
Scottie Lindsey and Isiah Brown lead Northwestern in scoring in the first half, with Lindsey totaling 11 points on 5-12 from the field and Brown adding seven points.
Dererk Pardon scored all eight of Northwestern’s points during an extended run by Purdue to open the second half, and nailed a mid-range jumper to give the Wildcats a 48-47 lead with 11:24 to play in the game. Minutes later, a Vic Law three-pointer gave the Wildcats a 51-49 lead in the game.
After both sides traded blows for much of the second half, Dererk Pardon went on a run of six consecutive points and gave Northwestern a 62-61 lead heading into the final three minutes and change of the game.
The Wildcats would fall behind in the final minutes and eventually fall on the road to the Boilermakers by a score of 74-69, dropping their fourth game of the season and falling to 5-4 overall and 1-1 in Big Ten play. Dererk Pardon did all he could to keep the Wildcats in the game in the second half, scoring 20 points in the game with most of them coming during the second half.
Scottie Lindsey scored 17 points in the contest and Vic Law added 12 points in 33 minutes for the Wildcats in the defeat. The Wildcats next contest is not until December 11 when they host Chicago State at the Allstate Arena. The 20-point performance for Pardon was his first of the season and the second of his career with the last one coming back in 2015.