No. 11 seed Northwestern upsets Iowa, 67-62

  • Article by: JIM JOHNSON
  • Updated: March 14, 2014 - 1:13 AM

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Northwestern coach Chris Collins isn't a fan of clichés, but when it's true, that's a different story.

"We played maybe our best game of the year," he said after Thursday night's 67-62 victory over No. 6 seed Iowa. "Certainly for us, it's a special win. We kind of had to reinvent ourselves here."

Tre Demps had 20 points, including four 3-pointers and Drew Crawford added 15 points and six assists to lead the Wildcats (14-18), who became the first No. 11 seed to win in the Big Ten tournament since 1999.

The Wildcats responded after losing five straight to the Hawkeyes, including two 26-point losses in a regular-season sweep by Iowa.

Northwestern beat Purdue in the regular season finale and, with the tournament win, won two straight for the first time since Feb. 1 -- a different look for the Wildcats, who lost 7 of 8 games heading into the contest. They face Michigan State, ranked No. 22 in the nation and the No. 3 seed in the tournament, in the quarterfinal Friday.

"It's just a fighting spirit we have," Crawford said. "The fact that nobody really gives us a chance, that's big-time motivation, too. And we like it that way. That really drives us because we know we're capable."

The Wildcats went on a 7-2 run when Crawford made a lay-up to give the Wildcats a 55-51 lead with 3:52 remaining before Alex Olah drew a charge and scored a pair of free throws.

Dave Sobolewski hit a 3-pointer with 2:20 remaining to give the Wildcats a 60-53 advantage.

Roy Devyn Marble had 25 points and Jarrod Uthoff finished with 17 points and nine rebounds off the bench for the Hawkeyes (20-12), who have lost 6-of-7 games.

The Wildcats opened the second half on an 8-2 run. Demps hit a 3-pointer before Marble scored a basket to make it 34-33. Kale Abrahamson made a 3 and Crawford a lay-up to give the Wildcats a 39-33 lead with 17:36 remaining.

Melsahn Basabe scored a free throw and Demps a jumper to make it 41-34 with 16:00 left in the game.

Later, Crawford scored a 3 to give the Wildcats a 45-39 lead.

Then the Hawkeyes scored six straight.

Gabriel Olaseni made a lay-up, Marble scored two free throws and Olaseni scored two more free throws to tie the game at 45 with 9:13 left.

It's been a touch stretch for the Hawkeyes and things aren't getting better.

On Thursday night, Iowa players and fans honored the son of Iowa coach Fran McCaffery, Patrick, who was diagnosed with a tumor on his thyroid last week. They wore warm-ups, created by the team, with "P-Mac" printed on the front and "(hash)teampat" on the back with Patrick McCaffery's number 22 basketball jersey number.

It continues a downward spiral. The Hawkeyes started the Big Ten schedule 5-2, but finished the regular season losing 5 of 6 games. McCaffery served a one-game suspension for an outburst during a game in January and the Hawkeyes had their game with the Indiana Hoosiers postponed.

The rescheduled game forced the Hawkeyes to play four games in nine days and went 1-3 in that stretch and dropped the final regular season games.

"There's no magic formula," McCaffery said. "You just have to keep working. You work your way out of things like this. You don't talk your way out of it, you don't fake your way out of it. You don't start pointing fingers at each other. When you're losing, it's never one thing."

The Hawkeyes shot 0-of-9 from 3-point range and 25 percent overall in the second half.

Northwestern scored seven straight late in the first half.

Demps scored on a lay-up and Abrahamson made a lay-up and then a 3-pointer to tie the game at 28 with 43 seconds left in the half.

Marble made a 3 before Demps answer with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 31 at halftime to give the Wildcats some momentum.

"You go in feeling good," Collins said. "It's a tied game and it was our ball. So we came out and we were able to score so we got the lead right away so I thought that was a huge momentum boost."

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Buffalo 12/28/14 12:00 PM
New England
Cleveland 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Dallas 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Washington
Indianapolis 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Jacksonville 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Houston
San Diego 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
NY Jets 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Chicago 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Minnesota
Philadelphia 12/28/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
New Orleans 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Carolina 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Atlanta
Detroit 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Oakland 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Denver
Arizona 12/28/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
St. Louis 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Cincinnati 12/28/14 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Brooklyn 109 FINAL
Boston 107
Cleveland 98 FINAL
Orlando 89
Indiana 109 FINAL
Detroit 119
Milwaukee 107 FINAL
Atlanta 77
Houston 117 FINAL
Memphis 111
San Antonio 90 FINAL
New Orleans 97
Charlotte 75 FINAL
Oklahoma City 98
LA Lakers 98 FINAL
Dallas 102
Minnesota 102 FINAL
Denver 106
Philadelphia 93 FINAL
Portland 114
Phoenix 115 FINAL
Sacramento 106
Illinois 18 FINAL
Louisiana Tech 35
Rutgers 40 FINAL
North Carolina 21
NC State 34 FINAL
UCF 27
Cincinnati 12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
(15) Arizona State 1:10 PM
Duke
Miami-Florida 2:30 PM
So Carolina
Boston College 3:30 PM
Penn State
(25) Nebraska 7:00 PM
(24) USC
Texas A&M 12/29/14 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Oklahoma 12/29/14 4:30 PM
(18) Clemson
Arkansas 12/29/14 8:00 PM
Texas
Notre Dame 12/30/14 2:00 PM
(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
Maryland 12/30/14 9:00 PM
Stanford
(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech
(19) Auburn 1/1/15 11:00 AM
(17) Wisconsin
(7) Michigan State 1/1/15 11:30 AM
(4) Baylor
(16) Missouri 1/1/15 12:00 PM
Minnesota
(2) Florida State 1/1/15 4:00 PM
(3) Oregon
(5) Ohio State 1/1/15 7:30 PM
(1) Alabama
Houston 1/2/15 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Iowa 1/2/15 2:20 PM
Tennessee
(11) Kansas State 1/2/15 5:45 PM
(14) UCLA
Washington 1/2/15 9:15 PM
Oklahoma State
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

<
Gophers Football Time W L Score
2014 season     
Aug 28 - vs. E. Illinois 6 pmX42-20
Sep 6 - vs. M. Tennessee St. 2:30 pmX35-24
Sep 13 - at TCU 3 pmX30-7
Sep 20 - vs. San Jose St. 3 p.m.X24-7
Sep 27 - at Michigan 2:30 pmX30-14
Oct 11 - vs. Northwestern 11 amX24-17
Oct 18 - vs. Purdue 11 amX39-38
Oct 25 - at Illinois 11 amX28-24
Nov 8 - vs. Iowa 11 amX51-14
Nov 15 - vs. Ohio State 11 amX31-24
Nov 22 - at Nebraska 11 amX28-24
Nov 29 - at Wisconsin 2:30 pmX34-24
Jan 1 - vs. Missouri noon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: What's your favorite Gophers football uniform colors?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close