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.