Northwestern defeated SWAC foe Mississippi Valley State 101-49 Sunday night to push the Wildcats to 6-3 on the season. Coming off a tough loss at Butler, a game in which Northwestern played its best game of the season, the Wildcats dominated the Delta Devils all game. Even without JerShon Cobb, who sat out due to an injury, Northwestern's offense moved the ball well, leading to an unexpected number of highlights.
We've joked that Northwestern's pregame intro video is just a bunch of clips of players dunking and lifting weights, emphasizing a more physically gifted brand of basketball. All that work, though, seemed to payoff against MVSU.
"There haven't been a lot of dunks around here," Collins said about Northwestern. But that changed Sunday.
It started off with a nifty little floater from Bryant McIntosh following a slick behind-the-back dribble move. The move accounted for two of his 15 points.
Then, Northwestern started to unleash the dunks.
First, Vic Law got things started with a powerful throwdown in transition. Law finished with 11 points on the night.
But the Wildcats still weren't done. Just minutes later, Tre Demps showed off his hops with a dribble-drive that led to a slam in traffic. Demps started in place of the injured Cobb and pitched in 15 points.
Following what Chris Collins called his best game of his career against Butler, Nate Taphorn was impressive again against MVSU. He had this dunk, along with 16 points in just 13 minutes.
Taphorn's frontcourt mate Gavin Skelly also flushed home an and-one dunk for two of his eight points.
Like McIntosh, Scottie Lindsey didn't dunk but did have this nice reverse layup to finish with a foul. The guard added seven points off the bench.
Northwestern exploded for its highest point output of the season with Alex Olah's 17 points and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes, pacing the Wildcats. He also added a dunk but was unsuccessful on another conversion. With five guys in double digits, Northwestern's scoring was really balanced.
Northwestern hosts Central Michigan on Dec. 17.