Northwestern captured an important win in Lincoln to get back on track and even its conference record to .500 at 2-2. Led by its two wings, here’s how the individuals did.
Scottie Lindsey: A-
19 points (6 of 12, 2 of 7 3FG), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 turnovers, 2 steals in 32 minutes
Lindsey caught fire in the second half after an underwhelming first half. He scored 15 of his 19 points in the final 20 minutes and took over during the crucial stretch. When Lindsey’s threes are falling, this is a tough team to guard. They were in the second half, when the Wildcats recorded 41 points.
Vic Law Jr.: A-
15 points (5 of 9, 5 of 6 3FG), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 turnovers in 31 minutes
Law was fantastic on both ends of the floor, keeping his team in it in the first half and then helping the Wildcats extend the lead in the second half. The redshirt sophomore played terrific defense on Glynn Watson Jr. and rebounded the ball well. The only knock on him was his four turnovers.
Dererk Pardon: B+
13 points (6 of 8), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover, 1 block, 1 steal in 32 minutes
Man, does Dererk Pardon love Nebraska or what? He had 28 and 12 there last year and followed up with a less shocking but still very good night at Pinnacle Bank this year. His 13 points are the second-most he’s ever scored in a game, only behind... oh yeah, at Nebraska last year. He also stayed out of foul trouble and provided solid post offense, especially in the second half. He only missed out on an “A” because he struggled on the glass in the early going.
Bryant McIntosh: B-
11 points (3 of 10), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 turnover, 1 steal in 35 minutes
The shooting woes continued for McIntosh, and his numbers may suggest a worse grade, but the rest of his game was solid in Lincoln. He only turned it over once and generally played solid defense. One thing to keep an eye on: McIntosh is once again playing a ton of minutes, and with NU looking to play at a little faster pace, he looks a little tired and maybe nicked up. He briefly exited the game with a knock on his ankle near the end, similar to what happened in the dying minutes against Minnesota. Also, despite his low field goal percentage, he’s been money from the foul line. He hit all four today and is over 90 percent on the season.
Sanjay Lumpkin: C
2 points (1 of 4, 0 of 2 3FG), 4 rebounds, 2 assists in 25 minutes
Lumpkin struggled on the offensive end but was sturdy defensively. His numbers have gone down, which was to be expected once Pardon returned, but he remains a solid rebounder, especially for his position. Pretty average performance today.
Gavin Skelly: B-
9 points (3 of 4, 2 of 3 3FG), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 turnovers, 2 steals in 23 minutes
The shooting numbers would suggest a better grade for Skelly, but he was a major reason Nebraska took the lead into halftime. The backup big man committed several turnovers and also had four fouls. He seems to be going for as many blocks as possible while sacrificing discipline in rim protections. However, it was encouraging to see him hit two threes after an 0-of-6 night against Minnesota.
Nathan Taphorn: B-
3 points (1 of 1, 1 of 1 3FG), 2 rebounds, 1 assist in 11 minutes
Taphorn and Skelly get the same grade for somewhat similar reasons. Both hit their shots, but struggled in other aspects. Taphorn was bullied down low and beaten on the glass. He’ll have trouble guarding quicker teams like Nebraska going forward. But man, that three-point stroke is a thing of beauty.
Isiah Brown: B+
2 points, (0 of 0, of 0 3FG), 1 assist in 6 minutes
Brown and Jordan Ash once again split backup point guard duties. Brown was mostly pretty conservative with the ball in his hands, but he showed his value as a secondary ball handler, and as long as he’s not forcing things, that will be the best way for him to see the court. He also knocked down two huge free throws down the stretch, and Collins obviously trusts him in that situation.
Jordan Ash: INC
0 points (0 of 1, 0 of 1 3FG), 2 assists in 4 minutes
Ash didn’t do much in his four minutes but he did have two assists.