Bryant McIntosh's 29 points help Northwestern to 74-59 win

Bryant McIntosh's 29 points help Northwestern to 74-59 win

The Wildcats (12-1) tied the fastest start in school history, matching the record set by the 1930-31 squad that went on to claim the school's last outright Big Ten title. It wasn't Collins' fault that Missouri is very bad or that Northwestern was assigned rebuilding Virginia Tech as its Big Ten-ACC Challenge opponent, but the rest of the slate clearly was meant to allow the Wildcats to stack wins together.

The big Romanian had been averaging 12.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

"The main thing is we don't want to do anything that's going to jeopardize", Collins said. Chris Collins had made the decision to redshirt Pardon in his first year on campus, but it appears Northwestern will burn his redshirt. Loyola jumped out to a 27-13 lead with 3:26 left in the first half on senior guard Tyler Hubbard's 3-pointer. The Wildcats took their first lead on a McIntosh basket with 11:44 to play.

Sophomore guard Andre Walker had 15 points and seven assists and senior forward Franz Rassman added 11 points for the Greyhounds (1-10). "We kind of had that holiday look in our eyes".

They'll have to carry that strong play into the conference season without two projected preseason starters.

Loyola: Sunday was Loyola's second game against a team from a power conference this season, following its December 1 loss at Kansas.

Unless Pardon develops rapidly, Northwestern will probably have a glaring lack of a low-post presence on offense until Olah returns.

Graduate transfer Joey van Zegeren, who's 6-10, 235, started in place of Olah and had six points and five rebounds in 17 minutes against Loyola. "I wanted to be with those guys and live in this moment".

Northwestern plays at Nebraska on Wednesday. By the end of January, the Wildcats will have faced No. 4 Maryland twice, Iowa and IN on the road and top-ranked Michigan State and Ohio State at home.

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