Northwestern got the job done in its last game of 2018.
The Wildcats (9-4, 0-2) churned out a 75-54 win over Columbia (3-9) in their final non-conference game of the season, once again led by the offensive play of senior Vic Law, who finished with 21 points.
NU trailed for the majority of the first half and struggled to get anything going offensively in the beginning of the first half. The Wildcats shot 3-of-12 out of the gates and made just 2 of their first 9 three-point attempts to start the game.
Northwestern heated up though as the first half progressed, and ultimately regained a 37-29 lead heading into halftime. The Wildcats turned defense into offense, scoring 12 points off 10 forced turnovers and were once again carried by Law, who had 21 total points, five assists and no turnovers, plus this nifty little alley-oop.
Pete Nance ➡️ Vic Law ➡️ Oop. #B1GCats | #PoundTheRock pic.twitter.com/VB1xWEKvNH— Northwestern Basketball (@NUMensBball) December 30, 2018
Northwestern pulled away in the second half thanks to more solid defense and three-point shooting. Ryan Taylor had one of his more efficient shooting games of the year, finishing 5-of-7 from behind the arc with 21 total points.
Dererk Pardon posted another solid performance, finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Northwestern’s next game is a big one. The Wildcats head to East Lansing on Jan. 2 to take on No. 8 Michigan State.