Along with being in foul trouble for much of the game, the Bears were only able to pick up meager contributions from star forwards Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin. While they still combined for 17 points and 11 rebounds on the evening, the talented duo did not dominate the paint as expected and allowed the Wildcats to haul down 10 of their 35 team rebounds on the offensive glass.
Junior point guard Pierre Jackson once again led the way in the scoring column with 18 points, but made just 5-of-15 shots from the field over his team-high 36 minutes. All five starters finished the game in double figures for Northwestern, on a night when the Wildcats finished with an impressive 51 percent field goal mark as a team.
Now just 2-3 over their last five contests, head coach Scott Drew's Bears will take more than a week off before hosting Lamar on Wednesday, Dec. 12.