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(E) Vedran Vukusic & Davor Duvancic USA Basketball
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  11/30/2003 | Sports | Unrated
(E) Vedran Vukusic & Davor Duvancic USA Basketball

 

Two young Croatians from Split, playing basketball in the USA

Northwestern University Men's Basketball

Vedran Vukusic continues to recover from being sick but had a complete day, finishing with 12 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. Davor Duvancic was also able to reach double figures, with 11 points,

Vedran Vukusic:http://nusports.ocsn.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/vukusic_vedran00.html

Davor Duvancic:http://nusports.ocsn.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/duvancic_davor00.html

Wildcats Even Record With 69-61 Win
Mohamed Hachad steps up to lead a balanced attack with 14 points at Welsh-Ryan Saturday

Nov. 29, 2003

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EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Mohamed Hachad scored 14 points Saturday and T.J. Parker added 13 to lead a balanced attack as Northwestern defeated Northwestern (La.) State, 69-61.

Perhaps most impressive about Saturday's win was that the Wildcats were able to break a tight game open despite the fact that senior leader Jitim Young sat much of the second half with foul trouble.

In a game that kept the Wildcat faithful nervous for much of the day, the 'Cats improved to 2-2 on the season. The Demons fell to 1-3.

"We played pretty well toward the end of the first half and during the second half," said NU head coach Bill Carmody. "We only had four turnovers in the second half after committing 14 in the first half. There could have been more tightness to our game."

Northwestern struggled mightily in the first half, and trailed 19-10 midway through the stanza. However, the 'Cats used the free-throw line to chip away at NSU's lead, hitting seven straight foul shots before Parker ended the 15-5 NU run with a three-point basket. Vedran Vukusic ended the half with a nice driving layup, and the Wildcats went into the locker room up 29-26.

Northwestern broke the game open with a pair of three-pointers midway through the second half by Hachad and Vukusic, taking a 46-37 lead at that point. The lead hovered between single and double digits for several minutes after that, but consecutive treys by Hachad and Vince Scott pushed the lead to 65-50 with 4:38 to play.

Northwestern State was able to draw within 67-61 with 1:07 on the clock, but Northwestern held the Demons at bay and iced it with Hachad's final points with 14 seconds left.

"I thought we did OK with Jitim sitting on the bench," said Carmody. "We seemed to run the ball a little bit better than when he was in the game, and other people were making shots."

Vukusic continues to recover from being sick but had a complete day, finishing with 12 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. Davor Duvancic was also able to reach double figures, with 11 points, while Young ended the day with nine -- his first game this season under double digits -- and Evan Seacat had seven off the bench.

Northwestern (2-2) committed 14 turnovers in the first half, but went 12-of-19 from the free throw line while Northwestern State was just 1-of-2 and committed 16 turnovers.

Jermaine Wallace led Northwestern State (1-3) with 15 points and Jermaine Spencer added 13. Clifton Lee also reached double figures for the Demons, with 11 points.

Northwestern will be at Florida State Monday night to tip off the 2003 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The game is slated for 7 p.m. EST (6 p.m. in Chicago) and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.

Northwestern University Men's Basketball

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