Northwestern knew it needed a win against Iowa Thursday night in order to keep its NCAA Tournament hopes alive. With that in mind, The Wildcats promptly turned in arguably their best performance of the season, a convincing 83-64 win over the Hawkeyes.
Point guard Dave Sobolewski led the way for NU, recording a season-high 26 points and team-high seven assists. The freshman’s impressive performance evoked memories of former Cats’ star Michael Juice Thompson. Sobolewski said that Thompson has helped him deal with recent criticism.
“Juice and I have been joking about other people saying that I’ve hit a wall,” he said. “I kinda use that stuff as motivation.”
While John Shurna and Drew Crawford both reached double figures, it was the Cats’ role players who shined against the Hawkeyes. Junior Alex Marcotullio had his best offensive performance of the year, recording a season-high 13 points that was highlighted by a stretch of three straight 3-point shots late in the second half. Sophomor...