Wildcats shot 54% from the floor and only committed 10 turnovers on the way to a fairly easy win over the Chicago State Cougars...

Cats roll over Chicago State 78-53

Cats roll over Chicago State 78-53

<p><i>It just looked a lot better tonight -- </i>NU Coach <b>Bill Carmody</b> <p><b>Mohamed Hachad</b> [pictured in a game last year] caught fire Saturday Night as the <b><font color="#330033">Wildcats</font></b> shot 54% from the floor and only committed 10 turnovers on the way to a fairly easy win over the <b>Chicago State Cougars</b>... <br>

State began the game missing 2 starters...

and their Center Deji Akindele got two quick fouls but they still jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the first 3 minutes.

But T. J. Parker hit a 3 at 17:13, Davor Duvancic hit 2 freethrows, then Mohamed Hachad who played under more control, made a layup at 16:07, and the Cats had tied. They never trailed again.

NU shot 54% from the field and 11 Wildcats saw game action - Michael Jenkins [3 points], Joe Kennedy [3 Points] and Ivan Tolic - even though the coach suggested that he might have to medical redshirt - played 3 minutes, altho he didn't score.

Other good news; Evan Seacat scored 5, he was 1-1 from the arc and 2-2 from the field; Vince Scott scored 4 and added 6 rebounds, an assist and 2 blocked shots; and Brandon Lee chipped in 2, along with a steal and an assist. Tim Doyle continued his solid play with 6 rebounds 5 assists a steal and 5 points.

Three Cats, Vedran Vukusic [18pts], Mohamed Hachad [18] and T.J. Parker [14] shot in double figures. Hachad also pulled down 7 rebounds to lead the team and added 2 steals. Vukusic also had 4 boards, 3 blocks and a steal. Parker had 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 rebounds.

Royce Perran let the Cougars with 17 points.

One other good stat - the Cats had 25 points off turnovers. NU only had 10 turnovers in the game.

Afterwards, Bill Carmody sounded relieved...

BC: We needed that one, that's for sure. There seemed to be a little more energy out there, guys were getting up and down the court and the ball was always moving - the guys were moving against the zone - we know we'd see that zone again, we've seen it every game but it just looked a lot better tonight.

There were just so many good things out there, from coming back from 8-1 to Mohamed Hachad's play...

BC: Yeah, it seemed like he was all over the place. It's truly the first time. The other night against Virginia, he got his hands on a lot of passes, but it didn't seem to pay off. Tonight, he just did a lot of things [7 rebounds, 2 steals] making some nice plays - he drives you a little crazy, alright?, but he was rebounding, and he's the energizer kind of guy and he brought that tonight.

[From Shon Morris] In addition to Mohamed you got a nice lift off the bench from a couple of guys - Seacat and Vince Scott - have they shown that in practice?

BC: My son was feeding Evan tonight [in the warmups], and he said he made 45 out of 52, so that's good for tonight, and I said, "he might have used them all up."

But I'm glad he knocked that one down because he hasn't been making shots and Vince gave us something in there.

He was a little anxious so he threw the ball away, a little bit, but I noticed he was in there with two hands, getting rebounds near the rim so that was a good sign.

I thought Timmy Doyle started good early - he threw some fun passes near the end but I thought early he was very aggressive and he got us going a little bit more when we were down 8-1.

People might look at the score and not appreciate how good this victory was over a pretty good Chicago State squad...

BC: Last year we played them early and they were not that good. The big kid [Akindele] was a freshman and now they just seem like - during the year last year they won 8 out of 10 conference games and they got better.

Things were going right for us tonight, though. I know that and that's good and its good going into exams because now the guys are off for 11 days before our next game and exams are rough so its good going in with a better attitude.

We talked about that before the game, you have to go out there playing hard so you're feeling good about yourself while you're studying for eco.

Talking about taking exams at NU

BC: They study here...

So the Cats are off to study and take exams, and then prep to face the DePaul Blue Demons on December 15th, on ESPN, and with a new player on the bench - Michael Thompson.

Coach Bill Carmody's Post Game comments in italics are taken from
the WGN Post Game Show
with Dave Eanet & Shon Morris
and may have been edited for clarity

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