Tre Demps scored 23 points and sparked a decisive second half run as Northwestern claimed a 72-65 Big Ten victory over Indiana on Wednesday night in Evanston.
Alex Olah had 17 points and 11 rebounds while Vic Law added 14 points as the Wildcats (14-14, 5-10) extended a winning streak to four and beat the Hoosiers for the third straight time over two seasons.
Troy Williams collected 21 points and 14 rebounds, Nick Zeisloft had 12 points, while Robert Johnson and Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell had 11 apiece for Indiana (19-10, 9-7), which has lost two of three and three of its last five.
Northwestern used a 13-0 second-half run to take command and opened a 62-48 lead with 4:09 to play.
Indiana missed 10 straight shots in the same span until Williams' fast-break layup with 3:17 to play.
After trailing by as many as 14 points, the Hoosiers crept to within five points with 17 seconds left but got no closer.
Indiana was 9-for-14 on first half three-point shots as the teams played to a 40-40 halftime deadlock.
Northwestern opened a 58-48 advantage with 9:27 showing, the largest lead by either team to that point.
Badgers back home safe
Fifth-ranked Wisconsin, returning home from a loss to Maryland on Tuesday night, was forced to make an emergency landing about 45 minutes after takeoff due to an engine malfunction.
The 41-member travel party, which included players, coaches and other team and university personnel, departed Baltimore at 11:19 p.m. and landed in Pittsburgh at 12:03 a.m. They spent the night in Pittsburgh and didn't arrive back in Madison until 1:42 p.m. on Wednesday.