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Stock up, stock down from Northwestern’s 92-88 upset against No. 1 Purdue

Twice as nice.

Purdue v Northwestern Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Make it two in a row.

Northwestern (6-1, 1-0 B1G) outlasted No. 1 Purdue (7-1, 0-1 B1G) 92-88 on Friday Night. It is another night Evanston will remember, Here’s, as best as we could put it, the stock-ups and stock-downs from this unbelievable night. This was rewritten several times in one of the craziest games in the history of Northwestern.

Stock Up

Boo Buie

What else can I say? The fifth-year showed why he was a preseason All-American. He finished the night with 31 points and nine assists. Every tough shot seemed to fall, and Agent Zero continued to attack the rim against the Boilermakers’ rim protector. To make his night even more impressive, he shimmied, shook, and spun his way for an and-one to take the lead and send the Wildside into its biggest frenzy of the night. To make it even crazier, Buie sank an apparent game-winner with 3.4 seconds. In overtime, Buie connected on a massive triple to tie the game again, and hit a pair of clutch free throws in the final seconds to help seal a battle of all Americans, No. 0 came away with the higher mark.

Ty Berry

The Northwestern senior showed out against the No. 1 team in the nation. He finished the night with 21 points, four boards, four assists and a steal. On the defensive end, No. 3 made his presence felt, poking the ball away and grabbing huge rebounds. On the offensive side, he was 7-of-11, including 3-of-4 from deep. His contested three in overtime, and game-sealing free throws gave the ‘Cats its second straight win over the Boilermakers. You can’t help but smile for Berry, who struggled mightily last season.

Resiliency

One thing about this Northwestern team: it refuses to quit. The Wildcats trailed by 13 early in the contest but chipped away a little bit at a time. It didn’t matter how many times Purdue scored, NU found a way to answer right back. Throughout the game, the ‘Cats remained poised, even as a rotation of guys shuffled onto the court. If a moment could epitmoize it, after Edey tied it to force overtime, the ‘Cats refocused and found a way to win the g It is a testament to Chris Collins and Co.

Honorable Mentions: Luke Hunger, Ryan Langborg, court-storming, ball security (three turnovers in 45 minutes!)

Stock Down

Shot selection

This was more so the case early, and the reason why NU fell into a deep hole early in the first half. Northwestern did not score for over four minutes in the first half, chucking up bad shots as the shot clock expired. Buie barely touched the ball early on, and when he did, was met with Edey’s wingspan. By the time the ‘Cats found the net, Purdue had already made it a double-digit game. NU would bring it within single digits, but could never hit the big shot to make it a two-possession game. Especially to close the first half, Jordan Clayton pulled up from the midrange, with plenty of time left on the shot clock, which allowed the Boilermakers one more possession to close the half.

Foul trouble

The Boilermakers had 41 free throws; With Edey, the ‘Cats’ big men struggled to stay out of foul trouble, with both Matt Nicholson and Luke Hunger fouling out with four minutes left in the game. In totality, NU had 29 fouls on the game.

Nick Martinelli

It was rough sledding for the sophomore. Playing extended minutes due to foul trouble, Martinelli struggled on both end of the floor. Multiple times in the first half, No.2 held the ball too long, draining the shot clock until a bad shot had to go up. On the defensive side, he struggled on the ball, consistently getting beat off the dribble and allowing easy layups for Purdue.

Honorable mention: Rebounding, My heart rate