National Basketball Association
Northwestern 72, Providence 63
When: 9:00 PM ET, Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Where: Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois
Officials: # Earl Walton, # Tim Clougherty, # Jeffrey Anderson
Attendance: 5204

After losing to Merrimack in its first game of the season, host Northwestern rebounded with a big 72-63 nonconference victory over Providence on Wednesday night.

The Wildcats (1-1) were led by freshman center Ryan Young, who had 16 points on 7 of 9 shooting, and junior guard Anthony Gaines, who had 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists. The Friars (2-1) took almost half of their shots from beyond the arc, hitting 8 of 35.

Northwestern scored the first six points of the game, but Providence rebounded to take a 10-8 lead about five minutes into the contest. However, that was the only Friar lead of the game.

The two teams went back and forth for the next few minutes, but the Wildcats finished the first half on a 12-4 run with Miller Kopp scoring seven points.

The Wildcats entered halftime with a double-digit lead after Gaines was fouled with under two seconds remaining and hit both free throws to go up 40-29.

After the two teams returned from the locker rooms, Northwestern continued its hot streak. The Wildcats went on a 10-2 run in the first three minutes of the half to go up by 19 points.

The Friars went on a 14-point run in the middle of the half, cutting the Northwestern lead to six points. The Wildcats countered with a few baskets of their own, but entered the under-four timeout only up five points.

Northwestern was able to withstand the pressure down the stretch and hit enough free throws to pull out the win.

The Wildcats had 20 turnovers, but Providence was only able to score 23 points off those turnovers.

Northwestern played the game in a 2-2-1 full-court press, 2-3 zone and a 1-3-1 halfcourt zone, which is not its base defense of man-to-man. During the Chris Collins era, the Wildcats have broken out of a zone for a select few games every season.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Providence   Northwestern
Alpha Diallo 15 Scoring Ryan Young 16
Maliek White 4 Assists Pat Spencer 5
Alpha Diallo 14 Rebounds Pete Nance 8
Emmitt Holt 5 Free Throws Made Anthony Gaines 7
Luwane Pipkins 4 Steals Anthony Gaines 2
Alpha Diallo 1 Blocks Pete Nance 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Providence 63 30.6 8-35 11-18 13 34 3 12 10
Northwestern 72 48.9 7-16 19-25 17 38 4 7 20