Although Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern’s starting point guard will not miss much time after an injury on Saturday in a home win against Brown, he did not play on Tuesday night as the Wildcats faced off against big ten foe Nebraska. He was greatly missed.
Even with Northwestern up by five at the half, something didn’t feel right. It was clear that Northwestern was missing its leader.
McIntosh’s absence was no more noticeable than in the final stretch of the game beginning with eight minutes remaining.
At the eight-minute mark, the score was 43-42 in favor of the Cornhuskers. But without McIntosh on the floor to run the show, the lead quickly ballooned to double digits with just under six minutes left at 56-46. Nebraska never looked back, beating the Cats 70-55.
Nebraska didn’t shoot the ball all that well from the floor at 44 percent, but Northwestern’s shooting was horrendous at just 29 percent.
Dererk Pardon was one of the few Wildcats who played well, continuing his great performances against the Cornhuskers with 17 points and 15 rebounds.
The Cats will face off with Penn. St. on Friday, Jan. 5.
NU: Dererk Pardon 17 pts. 15 reb. Scottie Lindsay 12 pts.
Nebraska: Glynn Watson Jr. 19 pts. 6 reb. 6 ast. James Palmer Jr. 18 pts. 5 reb.