Northwestern 98, SIU-Edwardsville 55

Five players scored in double figures to lead Northwestern to a

98-55 victory over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Thursday


The Wildcats (13-5) raced to a 55-25 halftime lead, which

included a 28-2 run, in the nonconference game. Northwestern led by

as many as 45 points in the second half in rolling to its fourth

win in their last five games.

Drew Crawford led the Wildcats with 16 points. Luka Mirkovic had

15, freshman JerShon Cobb added 11, while Alex Marcotullio and

Reggie Hearn each scored 10.

Cornelius Chatt scored 25 points for Southern

Illinois-Edwardsville (5-16). Chatt made three 3-pointers for the


Northwestern’s John Shurna was held out of the game for

precautionary reasons. The 6-foot-8 junior forward scored 24 points

in Tuesday’s victory over Michigan but has been bothered by a high

left ankle sprain suffered on Dec. 23 against Mount St. Mary’s.