NCAAB Game Recap - Radford at Northwestern
Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:00 PM EST

ETSU
63
Kansas
75
F
Fairf
55
MD
74
F
Vermt
55
UVA
61
F
TexAr
66
Gonz
72
F
Maine
53
Wash
72
F
(N/A)
77
ChiSt
89
F
(N/A)
52
Morg
88
F
Buck
70
PSU
98
F
(N/A)
52
Albany
78
F
(N/A)
59
Dart
108
F
Del
79
StFPA
64
F
Penn
75
Lafy
86
F
Norf
57
Brad
69
F
UMBC
50
LSU
77
F
Brown
63
SacHr
84
F
NCC
60
YSU
66
F
(N/A)
56
W MI
102
F
Boston
78
SCar
70
F
Nich
65
URI
70
F
(N/A)
56
Prov
93
F
Alc
64
NCSU
87
F
(N/A)
53
UNCW
113
F
Charl
76
Marsh
66
F
Navy
48
Lib
55
F
IPFW
68
Kent
75
F
LoyMD
61
GMas
65
F
Mercer
88
GaSo
98
F
(N/A)
63
E KY
99
F
NebOm
68
Dayt
93
F
Nev
71
David
91
F
FlInt
107
Clev
61
F
UNH
77
CenCT
63
F
NE
101
HolyC
44
F
MsVl
43
LaTec
76
F
Citad
74
SEMO
69
F
Manh
57
Samf
70
F
LACol
60
NWSt
67
F
Seatt
52
Miss
65
F
SoMis
45
IaSt
73
F
N DA
70
WIMil
79
F
GWebb
52
WichSt
74
F
SprH
72
SthAL
98
F
Hou
97
Rice
89
F
(N/A)
60
Oral
73
F
Radf
67
NW
56
F
TN-M
67
NrthIA
87
F
NCAT
60
N TX
80
F
SIU
66
Murr
79
F
ArkPB
51
KansSt
62
F
TXSo
51
Ark
82
F
Furm
73
Alab
81
F
N AL
73
SDSt
78
F
Pepp
84
USC
91
F
Detr
49
Wyo
76
F
(N/A)
50
Web
130
F
NM
63
UTEP
66
F
MTSt
56
GrCan
69
F
MD-ES
55
Stan
76
F
NDdN
54
SCla
101
F
CSBak
70
USF
100
F
Copp
60
Pacif
64
F

Nov 19, 2019, 8:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Radford (2-2)

31

36

67

Northwestern (1-2)

17

39

56

Radford uses early 17-0 run to stun Northwestern 67-56
Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:30 PM

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Radford raced ahead early, then had enough in the tank at the end to hang on for a big nonconference win.

Carlik Jones scored 20 points, Travis Fields, Jr. added 15 and the Highlanders used a 17-0 first-half run to stun Northwestern and then defeat the cold-shooting Wildcats 67-56 on Tuesday night.

Radford (2-2) shot 41.8% from the floor and outrebounded Northwestern 36-30 in the second meeting ever between two teams. The Wildcats shot just 33%.

Northwestern looked sharp in pulling ahead 12-4 just under four minutes in. Then Radford took charge with its 17-0 spurt en route to building a 31-17 halftime advantage.

"I almost lost my mind in the first four minutes," Radford coach Mike Jones said, "but (our players) were able to talk each other through and get back on track.

"Once they got on track, they didn't have to do anything fancy. They were just solid on defense and we made some nice plays offensively and got a little rhythm offensively."

Pete Nance led Northwestern (1-2) with 16 points and Miller Kopp had 13, but the Wildcats offense went dormant too long after coming out strong. Northwestern put together an 11-0 run of its own late in the game and narrowed Radford's advantage to 58-50 before late free throws by Jones and Fields sealed it.

Northwestern coach Chris Collins pointed to his team's relative inexperience as a cause for the early meltdown.

"It's the third game of the season," Collins said. "Are we disappointed in what happened tonight? Absolutely. Did we play very well tonight? Not really."

The Highlanders managed the lead well in the second half until the very end. Jones' third 3-pointer of the game, 8:41 into the second, gave Radford a 21-point lead.

Northwestern closed to within eight points but ran out of time.

"We needed that cushion," Jones said. "We did just enough. It's early in the year. We've got to learn to finish games the right way."

But this one was decided early.

Jones hit consecutive 3-pointers midway through the first half to give Radford a 14-12 lead and spark its momentum. But the Highlanders' run resulted from a balanced attack, tight defense and 23.1 percent Northwestern shooting in the first half.

The Highlanders' 44.4 percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes was more than enough against the frustrated Wildcats.

Northwestern missed 13 straight field-goal attempts during stretch of over 12 minutes before Kopp connected on a 3-pointer with 3:25 remaining in the half.

"It was just one of those nights where we got into a bind offensively and we couldn't get out of it," Collins said. "The other team always has a hand. Their ability to pressure the ball and get us off our spots and off rhythm was definitely a factor and I give them all the credit for that."

BIG PICTURE

Radford: The Highlanders got an impressive win against a Big Ten foe as they look for a third straight 20-plus win season under Jones, who's in his ninth year at the Big South school. Radford was 22-11 last season and 23-13 in 2017-18. But Jones wasn't overly psyched. "Last season we had some wins like this early," he said. "They're hard to carry over once you get to the league."

Northwestern: The Wildcats have four more nonconference games to shore up their shooting and build poise before opening their Big Ten schedule on Dec. 8 at Purdue. "I thought we were like overanxious," Collins said. "We got kind of quick-trigger happy. I though Radford's quickness got us a little sped up and then we just settled for some long jump shots."

UP NEXT

Radford plays at Bradley on Friday night.

Northwestern hosts Norfolk State on Friday night.

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Leaders

Radford PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Caldwell 0 0 0 0 0 0
Q. Morton-Robertson 0 0 0 0 0 0
Northwestern PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Coleman-Jones 0 0 0 0 0 1
R. Greer 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Radf NW
Points For 67 56
Field Goals 23/55-42% 20/60-33%
Three Pointers 9/20-45% 3/21-14%
Free Throws 12/16-75% 13/19-68%
Offensive Rebounds 9 9
Defensive Rebounds 27 21
Rebounds 38 33
Blocks 3 4
Steals 5 5
Turnovers 12 10
Personal Fouls 19 19
Technical Fouls 1 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Radf Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Nov 19 Radf 67 @ NW 56 D. Hicks 2 R. Beran 2

Game Information

Stadium: Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois
Attendance: 4,834
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