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Scottie Lindsey scores 26 as Northwestern crushes New Orleans


Scottie Lindsey scores 26 as Northwestern crushes New Orleans

Of the players in last year's freshman class for Northwestern, Bryant McIntosh and Vic Law got the most attention. But another current sophomore demanded the spotlight Saturday.

Scottie Lindsey scored 26 points to lead the Cats in an absolute blowout of New Orleans, a 90-63 victory in Evanston.

Northwestern shot 55.2 percent from the field and splashed home 12 3-pointers in the rout.

Northwestern used a 13-0 run to turn a two-point lead in the first half into a 15-point lead, and the margin stayed big for the remainder. Lindsey kickstarted that streak with the first five points. The Cats went on another one-sided spurt later in the first half, this one an 8-0 burst featuring 3s by Lindsey and McIntosh.

Both Tre Demps and Lindsey were in double figures at the break, scoring 14 and 11 points, respectively, as Northwestern had a 23-point lead.

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A 7-0 run in the second half stretched the Cats' lead out to 29 points, and another Lindsey triple made it a 32-point edge not long after. And not long after that, an Aaron Falzon triple sent the Cats to their game-high 33-point advantage.

In addition to the big scoring and shooting edges, Northwestern out-rebounded New Orleans, 40-24, forced a season-high 15 turnovers and blocked 10 shots. All this despite sending the visiting Privateers to the free-throw line 33 times and turning the ball over 16 times.

Lindsey was the high man with 26, a career high, hitting six 3s, grabbing five rebounds and tallying a block and a steal. Demps finished with 16 points to go along with five assists and three steals. McIntosh had 13 points, seven assists, a block and a steal. Gavin Skelly had 10 points, eight rebounds, a block and a steal. Alex Olah finished with just four points but grabbed eight rebounds and blocked a whopping six shots.

The win sent Northwestern to 5-1 on the season. Next up is a Tuesday trip to Blacksburg, Va., to take on Virginia Tech as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately


Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately

Tough news out of Evanston this morning: Northwestern announced that running back Jeremy Larkin will retire immediately after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis.

Cervical stenois is the narrowing of the spinal canal in one's neck, according to Mayo Clinic. Larkin's condition is thankfully not life-threatening, though it does prevent him from continuing to participate in the game of football. 

"Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won't be on that field again, given I've played this game since I was five years old," Larkin said.

"I'm extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first.

"I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline." 

Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald called the news "heartbreaking."

"This is heartbreaking because I see every day how much Jeremy loves the game, loves his teammates, and loves to compete," Fitzgerald said in a statement. "But this is the absolute best possible outcome for him.

"The discovery of this condition allowed Jeremy and his family to make an informed decision for his long-term health and well-being. For those of us who have known Jeremy Larkin since his high school days, his future is exceptionally bright. I can't wait to see the impact he makes in our world."

Larkin is a sophomore from Cincinnati. He finishes his Northwestern career with 156 carries for 849 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal


Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.

Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.

As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.

Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.

The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.