Article By: Jack McCarthy – Chicago Tribune
Reggie Hearn didn’t simply break out of a two-game scoring slump Saturday.
The Northwestern senior guard scored a career-high 26 points as the Wildcats started fast in a 75-60 Big Ten victory over Purdue before a crowd of 8,117 at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
“Once I got it going it started feeling better and better and I just got in a rhythm,” Hearn said. “The last couple of games I wasn’t really finding my role in the offense.”
But Hearn was just one piece as Wildcats coach Bill Carmody praised a complete effort.
“Right from the get-go our offense was looking good, we were getting the shots we’ve been practicing and our defense was very, very good,” he said. “Everyone seemed to be on the same page.”
Jared Swopshire and Dave Sobolewski each had 13 points for Northwestern (13-10, 4-6 Big Ten) while Tre Demps added 12.
Hearn, who had just 13 points total in games at Nebraska and Michigan in the previous two games, collected 21 in the first half against the Boilermakers. He broke his previous best of 23 points with 8 minutes, 11 seconds left when a 3-point play gave him 24.
Freshman A.J Hammons topped Purdue (11-11, 4-4) with 19 points and 13 rebounds as the Boilermakers shot just 23-for-69.
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