Northwestern's Tre Demps (14), goes up for a shot against Mississippi Valley State's Jeffery Simmons (5) and Latrell Love (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Northwestern's Vic Law (4) goes up for a rebound against Mississippi Valley State's Jeffery Simmons (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
EVANSTON, Illinois — Alex Olah scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Northwestern snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Mississippi Valley State 101-49 on Sunday.
Nathan Taphorn had 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting while Bryant McIntosh and Tre Demps had 15 points apiece for the Wildcats, who were playing without senior guard JerShon Cobb (right foot) but still eased to their highest point total and most lopsided victory of the season.
Northwestern (6-3) dominated play for most of the night — placing five players in double figures — and shot 57.4 percent, including 11 of 24 from beyond the arc, after dropping decisions to Northern Iowa, Georgia Tech and Butler.Â
Cobb averaged 12.2 points last season but has struggled so far, contributing only 5.1 through eight games. He wore a large gray walking boot on his right leg during the game.
Latrell Love led MVSU (1-8) with 15 points.
Two Olah free throws with 8:53 remaining in the first half gave the Wildcats their first 10-point lead. Vic Law's emphatic one-handed dunk with 7:54 to go in the half gave the Wildcats a 29-15 lead, and Demps' slam with 3:09 to go before halftime grew the lead to 17.
Northwestern got a scare with 15:38 left in the first half when Olah was helped off the court favoring his right knee. Olah returned with 12:42 remaining.
The Delta Devils shot only 29 percent from the field and lost their second straight following their lone victory of the season, a 66-63 win over North Carolina A&T on Nov. 29.
Sunday was MVSU's first game since their 74-50 defeat on Dec. 3 at Oregon State. They have also lost to major-conference opponents Indiana, Mississippi State, and Texas Christian, with a matchup against Iowa State on Dec. 31 looming.
MVSU: The Delta Devils don't play their first home game until Dec. 20, and that's against North Carolina Central in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Their first game in Greenwood is Jan. 10 against Alabama A&M. Sunday was the Delta Devils' second game against a Big Ten opponent, following their 116-65 loss to Indiana on Nov.Â 14.
NORTHWESTERN: Prior to Sunday, the Wildcats' five previous wins had been by a combined 32 points, including two by three points or fewer. Northwestern improved to 5-1 all-time against MVSU, and won its fifth straight against MVSU in Evanston.
MVSU: Tuesday at Northern Illinois.
NORTHWESTERN: Wednesday at home against Central Michigan.
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