G- 03 Dave Sobelewski 6-1, JR (10.1 ppg, 3.5 apg)
G- 23 JerShon Cobb 6-5, RJR (15.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
G/F- 01 Drew Crawford 6-5, RSR (14.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg)
G/F- 34 Sanjay Lumpkin 6-5, R-FR (5.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg)
C- 22 Alex Olah 7-0, SO (8.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
Drew Crawford -- The Big Ten's active leading scorer (1,518 points), Crawford is expected to return after missing the UCLA game with an injury.
RUNNING WITH THE ’PACK
One of the highlights of Chris Collins’ playing
career came against NC State his senior year.
On Jan. 18, 1996, Collins’ 24-footer bounced
on the rim four times before falling through
the basket with 5.5 seconds remaining, giving
Duke a 71-70 win over the Wolfpack at Reynolds
BEATING THE BUZZER
JerShon Cobb’s jumper with 2.3 seconds
remaining in a 63-61 win over IUPUI Nov. 22
marked the first time NU scored the game’s
decisive points in the final five seconds of a
contest when either trailing or tied since John
Shurna hit two free throws with 2.6 seconds to
go in a 67-66 win at Penn State Feb. 25, 2012.
It has been quite some time since Northwestern
had as large of a margin of victory on the
road as it did in at UIC Nov. 20. The 35-point
margin was the Wildcats’ largest in a true road
game since a 77-20 victory at University of
Chicago on Jan. 14, 1944.
SOBOLEWSKI’S CAREER NIGHT
Junior guard Dave Sobolewski had the hot hand in a victory over UIC Nov. 20. He scored
17 first-half points en route to tallying a
career-best 25 points, knocking down 9 of 14
shots from the field, including four 3-pointers.
The effort came one day after Sobolewski’s
Benet Academy high school teammate Frank
Kaminsky set a Wisconsin school record with
43 points against North Dakota. Sobolewski’s
mark topped his previous best of 23 points
achieved as a freshman against Iowa on Feb.
Redshirt senior Drew Crawford returned to
the Northwestern lineup with a vengeance
in the season-opener against Eastern Illinois,
hitting five 3-pointers and scoring a game-high
The point total was the highest by a
Wildcat in a season-opener since John Shurna
scored 31 in a victory at Northern Illinois
Nov. 12, 2010. Crawford is the Big Ten’s active
leading scorer with 1,518 career points. The
total ranks 10th in school history and is three
points behind Jitim Young (2001-04) for ninth
place and 15 behind Cedric Neloms (1992-95)
for eighth place.
Crawford missed the majority
of the second half vs. Missouri and the entire
game vs. UCLA due to injury.
After sitting out all of last season, JerShon
Cobb has been impressive in his return to the
court. He leads Northwestern and ranks 13th
in the Big Ten with an average of 15.1 points
per game. Cobb handed out a career-high eight
assists in the Wildcats’ season-opener vs. Eastern
Illinois. He followed up the performance
by scoring 19 points at Stanford Nov. 14 and
then scored 19 again vs. Illinois State Nov. 17.
Cobb’s 11 free throws and 14 attempts against
the Redbirds were both career highs.
attempts were the most by a Northwestern
player since Jitim Young had 15 vs. Michigan
State on March 12, 2004. Cobb also posted a
career-best 12 rebounds in a win at UIC Nov.
20 and knocked down the game-winning shot
with 2.3 seconds remaining in a 63-61 win
over IUPUI Nov. 22. His 22 points vs. Missouri
Nov. 28 and again the following day vs. UCLA
were two shy of his career high achieved vs.
Minnesota on March 8, 2012.
HITTING THE GLASS
Redshirt freshman Sanjay Lumpkin has been
an effective rebounder so far this season. After
grabbing 7 boards at Stanford Nov. 14, Lumpkin
notched his first career double-figure rebounding
game on Nov. 17 vs. Illinois State. His
11 rebounds were the most by an NU freshman
since Drew Crawford had 12 in an NIT game
at Rhode Island March 17, 2010. He followed it
up with 10 boards at UIC, which coupled with
10 points gave him his first collegiate double-double.
Lumpkin is the first NU player with
double-figure rebounds in consecutive games
since Crawford vs. Purdue (10) and at Rhode
Island March 12 and 17 of 2010.
BOOST OFF THE BENCH
Tre Demps has provided Northwestern with
some scoring punch off the bench so far this
season. The redshirt sophomore is averaging
9.6 points per game, including scoring in
double figures five times in the team’s eight
games. Demps tallied a season-high 15 points
vs. No. 19/21 UCLA Nov. 29.
When Chris Collins won his debut as head
coach with a 72-55 victory over Eastern Illinois
on Nov. 9, he became the 17th head coach in
program history to debut with a win. Collins is
the 24th head coach all-time at Northwestern.
Northwestern suffered an excruciating string of
injuries a year ago that left the squad shorthanded
for a large portion of the season. The
list of returning Wildcats who were lost for the
season at one point or another include Drew
Crawford (shoulder), JerShon Cobb (violations
of team policy), Sanjay Lumpkin (wrist)
and Chier Ajou (knee).
Northwestern’s victory over Eastern Illinois
marked its sixth straight victory in a season opener
as well as home-opener. The last time
the Wildcats dropped their first game of the
season was Nov. 11, 2007 when it fell at home
to 20th-ranked Stanford, 71-60. NU posted at
least seven wins through its first nine games in
each of the last five seasons.
VETERAN DUO NAMED TEAM CAPTAINS
Redshirt senior Drew Crawford and junior
Dave Sobolewski have been named the team’s
captains this season. Crawford also served in
the role a year ago. He has appeared in 116
career games, making 115 starts, to date while
Sobolewski has started each of the first 70
games of his career.
Northwestern has two players who have
earned postseason honors from the Big Ten.
Drew Crawford was a consensus third-team
all-league pick as a junior in 2011-12. He also
was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and an
honorable mention All-Big Ten pick in 2010. In
addition, guard Dave Sobolewski earned a Big
Ten All-Freshman Team selection in 2011-12.
He was the fourth NU player to earn the honor
over a seven-year span.
Northwestern athletics contributed to this report.