NORTHWESTERN CATCHES FIRE IN 2ND HALF TO WIN HOME OPENER (VIDEO)

By Benji Cohen

Northwestern looked like two different basketball teams in the first and second halves of its’ home opener Friday night against University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

The Wildcats struggled to find their rhythm offensively in the first half against an opponent that finished in 6th place in the America East Conference . They shot 34.3 percent from the field and 7.7 percent on 3-pointers and trailed 34-32 at halftime.

In the second half, the Wildcats shot 58 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc and won 79-57.

Shooting is supposed to be one of the Wildcats’ strengths this season, according to coach Chris Collins.

The Wildcats face Fairfield University November 18th.

Photo at top: Freshman Aaron Falzon knocks down a three in the second half to help the Wildcats to a 79-57 victory over UMass Lowell in the team’s home-opener. (Benji Cohen/Medill)