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Northwestern rallies past Texas State 74-68

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EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Northwestern countered an apparent emphatic closing statement by Texas State with an overwhelming response on Monday night.
   Dave Sobolewski scored 18 points, including a 3-pointer with 1:45 left to give the Wildcats the lead for good, and Northwestern closed the game on a 12-0 run to defeat the Bobcats 74-68.
   When Texas State's Corey Stern slammed in a dunk with 3:31 left, he gave the Bobcats a 68-62 lead.  But he also was hit with a technical foul for hanging on the rim. Northwestern's Jared Swopshire made only one of the two ensuing free throws, but Reggie Hearn and Sobolewski then hit two free throws each to cut it to 68-67.
   After Sobolewski connected on his jump shot to put Northwestern (8-3) ahead 70-68, free throws by Alex Marcotullio, Sobolewski and Swopshire completed the scoring.
   "(The technical) obviously started the 12-0 run, so that was huge for us," Sobolewski said.  "Just knowing we had a chance to get two (points) and another possession afterward was a nice mental boost for our group."
   Northwestern coach Bill Carmody liked how his team jelled in the closing minutes.
   "So you outscore them 12-0, is it the defense or the offense?" Carmody said.  "(Texas State) had a couple of turnovers and that was important, but I think our guys recognized that were back in the game after being down by six."
   Hearn finished with 15 points and Tre Demps, who left late in the game with a sprained ankle, added 12.  
   The Wildcats were cold from the floor for the second straight game, shooting just 43 percent. Northwestern endured a long drought in the second half when Texas State seemed to take charge.
   But then came the late heroics in a scrappy game where fouls and free throws played a role.  Texas State went 13 of 15 from the line and Northwestern shot 14 of 25.
   "I thought we were getting decent shots even though they weren't falling," Sobolewski said. "The thing I realized was that they were scoring."
   Texas State's Joel Wright and Wesley Davis each had 19 points. The Bobcats (4-7) used an 8-0 run midway through the second half to take a 64-60 lead, capped by Matt Staff's layup with 5:56 left.
   "We had a good little run going before the tech, but we don't want to put (the loss) on that," Davis said.  "We just let turnovers and everything else get the best of us. They kept attacking the basket and getting the foul calls, and we were taking a lot of jump shots when we should have been taking the ball to the basket."
   The Bobcats shot 46 percent from the floor.
   The Wildcats played their first game without senior forward Drew Crawford, who will miss the remainder of the season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Crawford had started Northwestern's previous 10 contests and was second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.5 points per game.
   Kale Abrahamson, a 6-foot-7 freshman, made his first collegiate start in Crawford's place on Monday.   He finished with nine points, all on 3-pointers.
   Northwestern led most of the first half and opened eight-point advantages three times, but Texas State came back to claim a 39-37 edge after 20 minutes. The Bobcats closed much of the gap with free throws as Northwestern was slapped with 10 team fouls in the first half.  
   Wright cut Northwestern's lead to 37-35 on a jump shot with 1:18 left. Wesley Davis sank two free throws 16 seconds later to tie it.
   Then Phil Hawkins' layup 13 seconds before halftime put the Bobcats ahead 39-37 and gave them their first lead since 16-15.
   It stayed tight through most the second half.  Until Stern's dunk, neither team had opened more than a four-point lead as they repeatedly got into scrappy possession battles under the net.

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