Dec. 27, 2015
EVANSTON, Ill. – Bryant McIntosh scored 21 of his career-high 33 points after halftime to lead a Northwestern University comeback, and the Wildcats dealt Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball a 74-60 defeat in the Greyhounds’ non-conference finale.
The Greyhounds led by as many as 14 in the first half and were up 11, 33-22, at the break, before the Wildcats (12-1) mounted their rally.
Andre Walker scored two of his game-best 15 on a jumper with 9:09 to play in the first half, pushing Loyola up, 20-6. Northwestern, which is off to its best start in school history, did not break into double digits until there were just over four minutes left in the opening 20 minutes.
Tyler Hubbard knocked down a three with 59 ticks to go in the stanza, fiving Loyola an 11-point advantage, but McIntosh scored on two free throws 14 seconds later, capping a stretch in which he scored 10 of 15 Northwestern points.
Joey van Zegeren grabbed his own rebound after he was blocked by Chancellor Barnard to start the second half and scored 13 seconds in, but Walker hit a three just under a minute later, and Loyola was up 12.
Back-to-back baskets by Derek Pardon sparked a 13-2 Northwestern run that saw the Wildcats tie the game on a Aaron Falzon three with 13:08 and take the lead at 11:44, 44-42, on a McIntosh jumper.
Jarred Jones broke the run with a 15-foot jumper for Loyola (1-10), and two Walker free throws at 9:32 made the Northwestern lead one, 49-48. A three and layup by Scottie Lindsey bracketed a McIntosh three that stretched the Wildcats’ advantage to nine, and McIntosh put them ahead 11 with a layup at 7:12.
McIntosh and Lindsey combined for 47 of the Wildcats’ points, and McIntosh added eight rebounds and a steal.
Walker paced Loyola with 15 points; he dished out seven assists with just one turnover while collecting five rebounds.
Franz Rassman scored all 11 of his points in the first half, and he had a team-best six rebounds for the Greyhounds.
Loyola returns to Retiz Arena to start Patriot League action on Wednesday, Dec. 30. The Greyhoudns host American University in a 7:30 p.m. game that follows a 4:30 p.m. Loyola-American women’s game.