Northwestern 63, IUPUI 61
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - JerShon Cobb hit a running pull-up in the lane with 2.3 seconds left to give Northwestern a 63-61 comeback victory over IUPUI Friday night.
Northwestern took a 59-55 lead with 2:29 left on three Dave Sobolewski free throws, but IUPUI rallied and tied the score on a pair of Mitch Patton free throws with 20 seconds left, setting the stage for Cobb's heroics. Cobb got the ball on the left wing and drove to the lane just inside the foul line before pulling up for the shot. The ball bounced off the rim and backboard before dropping through.
Cobb finished with eight points on 4-for-13 shooting. Drew Crawford led Northwestern (3-2) with 12 points, all in the second half and Sobolewski added 10.
The Wildcats trailed by 11 points midway through the second half before rallying.
Ian Chiles led IUPUI (1-4) with a game-high 19 points and Patton had 18.
Northwestern got off to a slow start, falling behind as much as 11 points (21-10) and trailed 31-28 at halftime. The Wildcats were just 12-for-30 (40 percent) from the field in the first half, including 3-for-10 on three-pointers. They overcame a poor shooting night (24-for-58, 41.4 percent) to win their second straight.
IUPUI was 14-for-30 (46.7 percent) from the field in the first half.
Crawford opened the second-half scoring with a layup to trim the deficit to a point, but IUPUI quickly regained command and stretched the lead to 49-38 on a three-point play by Chiles with 10:18 remaining. Northwestern then answered with 10 straight points to make it 49-48 with 8:46 to play.
Chiles ended the streak with a pair of free throws, but center Alex Olah had back-to-back baskets to give Northwestern a 52-51 lead with 6:20 left -- its first since 8-7 less than five minutes into the game.
IUPUI tied the score on a pair of Patton free throws with 20 seconds left setting the stage for Cobb's heroics.
Wyoming 70, South Dakota 53
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Riley Grabau's outside shooting and Derek Cooke Jr.'s inside game carried Wyoming to a 70-53 win over South Dakota on Friday.
Grabau was 4 of 5 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 20 points. Cooke was 6 of 7 on a variety of dunks and layups and also had a tip-in to notch his second career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Jerron Granberry added 12 points for Wyoming (4-1). Grabau drilled his first 3 and has made 61 percent of his long-range shots this season (14 of 23).
South Dakota (0-3) was led by Brandon Bos with 12 points and Tavian Pomlee with 10. Trevor Gruis had 10 rebounds and eight points. The Coyotes were only 25 percent from 3-point range (6 of 24) and 32 percent overall. For the season, the team is also hitting 25 percent from beyond the arc and coach Joey James said the early season shooting woes concern him "a little bit."
"But I tell you what: I've got enough confidence in our guys that those shots are going to start going in," he said. "Right now, they're rushing things a little bit. We're just inconsistent on the perimeter right now. We've gotta get better at it. Some of that had to do with Wyoming's length. Some of that had to do with our guys having to get a little more confidence."
The Cowboys shot 50 percent overall, including 53 percent from 3-point land (9 of 17). It was the third straight game of netting at least half their field goal tries.
South Dakota trimmed a first-half 18-point deficit to seven after a putback by Gruis early in the second period. The Coyotes would draw no closer as the Cowboys stretched the lead to 50-37 after a 3-pointer by Granberry, then took their largest lead at 67-45 following a layup by Cooke with 2:29 to play.
Wyoming erased an early 4-3 deficit and exploded on a 17-1 burst over 4 1/2 minutes to go up 33-15 after Cooke's tip-in with 6:30 remaining in the first half. Charles Hankerson Jr. sank a 3 and hit two layups and Granberry added five points during the blitz. The Cowboys settled for a 40-27 lead at the break.