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Northwestern-Rutgers player grades

It was a tale of two halves for the Wildcats.

NCAA Basketball: Northwestern at Nebraska Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

On Thursday, the Wildcats overcame an ugly first half to drop the Scarlet Knights 69-60. Behind Vic Law’s 23 points, Northwestern moved to 3-2 in Big Ten play. Here’s how each individual played against Rutgers.

Vic Law - A

23 points, 8 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks on 7/14 FG, 0/4 3FG, 9/9 FT in 36 minutes

After getting a foul trouble and generally struggling out of the gate, Law scored 19 points in a second half in which the Wildcats outscored the Scarlet Knights by 12. Rather than settling for jump shots, he drove to the basket, shooting all nine of his free throws after the break. With the team having a rough shooting night, it was great to see Law assert himself offensively and take over.

Scottie Lindsey - B

14 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal on 5/14 FG, 1/7 3FG, 3/5 FT in 32 minutes

Lindsey also improved his play after halftime, scoring 11 points on 50 percent shooting. He didn’t have the touch from deep on Thursday night, but was a key part of the team’s second-half surge. Lindsey continued his streak of scoring at least 10 points in every game this season.

Dererk Pardon - A

8 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 8 blocks on 4/7 FG in 32 minutes

After nearly dropping a triple-double, it’s fair to say that Pardon is all the way back. His defensive prowess kept Rutgers at bay all night and he was a major presence on the inside offensively as well. With a few games under his belt, Pardon seems primed to bang with the bigger bodies of the Big Ten.

Bryant McIntosh - D+

6 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 turnovers, 1 steal, 1 block on 2/10 FG, 0/2 3FG, 2/2 FT in 31 minutes

McIntosh’s poor play continued against the Scarlet Knights, with ugly shooting numbers and three turnovers. With just 13 games left, the Wildcats need their starting point guard to return to form. McIntosh can’t be playing this badly against a team like Rutgers.

Sanjay Lumpkin - C-

0 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 turnovers, 1 block on 0/3 FG, 0/1 3FG in 23 minutes

It wasn’t Lumpkin’s night, either. He tried to do a little too much offensively, committing three turnovers and failing to score. Lumpkin thrives as a glue guy, so he should stick to taking what the defense gives him.

Isiah Brown - B+

11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 turnovers, 1 steal on 4/9 FG, 1/2 3FG, 2/2 FT in 14 minutes

Brown had a quiet second half, but his play in the first was critical to keep Northwestern in the game. He attacked the Scarlet Knights’ defense relentlessly, leading the charge after the team got off to a slow start. With McIntosh failing to produce, Brown came in and made a huge difference.

Gavin Skelly - B+

5 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 turnovers, 2 blocks on 2/5 FG, 1/3 3FG in 22 minutes

Despite some silly turnovers, Skelly had a terrific game, bringing his usual energy off the bench. He showed off his playmaking ability, dropping four dimes and canning a triple. Skelly’s had an up-and-down Big Ten season thus far, so it was nice to see him play well.

Nate Taphorn - INC

2 points, 1 rebound on 0/1 FG, 0/1 3FG in 7 minutes

Taphorn didn’t do anything notable in his seven minutes. With Law rolling in the second half, there wasn’t much of a need for him to come in and produce.

Barret Benson - INC

0 points, 0 rebounds, 1 block in 3 minutes

Benson also wasn’t a factor, but he did contribute to the Wildcats’ team record-setting 15-block total.