Evanston, Ill. - Northwestern sophomore point guard Dave Sobolewski scored all of his 14 points in the second half to lead the Wildcats to a 63-42 win over Brown Sunday afternoon at Welsh Ryan Arena. The win extends the Wildcat's record to 9-4 overall, while Brown falls to 3-6.
Brown came to the Chicago area to showcase its three captains – senior guard Matt Sullivan, senior forward Tyler Ponticelli and junior guard Sean McGonagill – who each reside in nearby Windy City communities.
McGonagill calmed down after a jittery opening 20 minutes in from of the hometown fans to score 17 of his game high 20 points in the second half to pace the Bears. He connected on 7-of-13 field goals overall, including 3-of-5 from behind the three point arc. Bears' sophomore forward Rafael Maia netted nine points and grabbed seven rebounds, while freshman forward Cedric Kuakumensah also pulled down seven rebounds.
After missing all three of his first half field goals, Sobolewski connected on 5-of-6 second half shots, including all three of his second half treys. He was Northwestern's only double figure scorer, with Alex Marcotullio, Kale Abragamson and Tre Demps each adding nine points each for the Wildcats.
The Bears battled the Big Ten Wildcats on the backboards, with both teams pulling down 31 rebounds.
Northwestern finished the game by connecting on 13-of-24 shots (54-percent) from behind the three-point arc.
With Northwestern running the Princeton offense under former Tigers' head coach Bill Carmody, the Wildcats got off to a 15-0 start with an early three-point barrage, connecting on their first five treys, the last with 15:40 left in the opening half.
Back-to-back treys by Brown's Tucker Halpern and McGonagill and an increase in defensive pressure settled the Bears down. The Bears held the Wildcats to 13 points in the half's final 15:40 to trail, 28-18, at intermission.
Northwestern took control of the game once again with a 10-1 spurt to open the second half, and grab a 38-19 lead, with Sobolewski scoring five of the Wildcats' 10 points.
The Wildcats led by as many as 33 points in the second half, 60-27, with 8:32 left in the game, with Sobolewski converting a four-point play.
Brown hosts Providence College at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Friday, December 28, facing the Friars on College Hill for the first time since November 1982. A limited number of good tickets are still available online at brownbears.com. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.