Northwestern survives Loyola of Maryland, 79-75

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ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Scottie Lindsey scored 26 points and pulled down nine rebounds to help lead Northwestern to a 79-75, closer-than-it-would-have-liked victory against Loyola of Maryland in the Wildcats' first game of the season and their first at their home away from home, Allstate Arena.

Six of Lindsey's points came on 3-pointers, both of which gave the Wildcats a lead, late in the second half.

Vic Law's jumper 1 minute, 45 seconds into the first half were Northwestern's first points in its new home.

The last four points scored by Bryant McIntosh, all from the free-throw line, proved to be the most vital, though.

Law's dunk with just over three minutes left in the first half escalated the Wildcats' lead to 10 and left the backboard shaking in its wake. It was part of a 7-0 run that pushed Northwestern to a 37-24 halftime lead.

Lindsey's final slam of the half, with seven seconds left, put to rest concerns over a bum ankle that summoned him briefly to the locker room.

The Greyhounds bounced back to tie the score 55-all on a pair of free throws with 10:18 left and three times took a one-point lead during the second half, when they led three times.


McIntosh's steal with 16 seconds left helped seal the win. The first two of his four free throws followed.

He finished with 16 points and seven assists, while Dererk Pardon had 16 points and seven rebounds.

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