Northwestern sloppy with the ball in 75-66 win over Saint Peter's

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:29:28 AM. Here's how much 19th-ranked Northwestern struggled to put away Saint Peter's: All five starters were on the floor with a minute to play.
This will forever be known as the Gavin Skelly game. Forever being relative, though, as this was mainly a forgettable affair between and Saint Peter's, played before a sparse Allstate Arena crowd, that served as a tune-up for Wednesday's Gavitt Games matchup with Creighton of the Big East. At times Monday, it seemed the heads of the NU players were also on another day. Here's how much the 20th-ranked Wildcats struggled to put away the Peacocks: All five NU starters were on the floor with a minute to play. "You'd love to have the subs in in the last couple of minutes and wave the victory towel," NU coach Chris Collins said after his team finally emerged with a 75-66 win. "But these teams you're playing are pretty good — smart, tough and they put pressure on you." Enough pressure to force 17 turnovers. Northwestern is 2-0 but has totaled more turnovers than assists in both games. "That is not a good recipe for us," Collins said. "We're a good team and we can be a very good team, but we don't necessarily have the kind of firepower to withstand 17 to 20 turnovers." Dererk Pardon committed five, and the rest were sprinkled throughout the lineup. On the good side, the scoring also was spread out. All five starters scored in double digits, led by Bryant McIntosh (17), Pardon (15) and Skelly, whose 14 points and six rebounds stood out. In the Wildcats' opening four-point victory Friday over Loyola Maryland, foul trouble limited Skelly to three points and two rebounds in 19 minutes....Read more
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