Demps scores 24 points in 98-58 rout of Rutgers

Rutgers forward/center Ibrahima Diallo battles for a loose ball against Northwestern guard Tre Demps, left, and guard Bryant McIntosh during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in Evanston, Ill. Northwestern won 98-59. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Tre Demps scored 24 points, 17 in the first half, and Alex Olah added 14 points and 10 rebounds, leading Northwestern to a 98-59 win over Rutgers on Saturday.

Northwestern was 17 of 28 from 3-point range.

Jonathan Laurent scored 17 for Rutgers, which lost its 31st consecutive Big Ten game and 16th straight game overall.

Northwestern (18-11, 6-10 Big Ten) is on target to win 20 games for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

With two games left, Rutgers (6-23, 0-16) is on the verge of becoming the first Big Ten team to go winless in conference play since Northwestern went 0-16 in 1999-2000. Northwestern also went 0-18 in the Big Ten in 1990-91.

Bryant McIntosh had a career-high 13 assists and scored six points for Northwestern.