PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Vic Law shook off a dismal shooting night to hit a go-ahead drive with 4:25 to play, and Northwestern held off Rutgers, 65-57, in Big Ten play Friday night after twice blowing 10-point seconds-half leads.
Ryan Taylor scored 14 points and hit two crucial 3-pointers after Law’s basket, and Dererk Pardon had 17 points as Northwestern (11-7, 2-5 Big Ten) snapped a two-game losing streak and won for the second time in five games.
Montez Mathis had 16 points to lead Rutgers (8-9, 1-6), which has lost three straight after knocking off then-No. 16 Ohio State. Geo Baker added 12 for the Scarlet Knights, who were 15 of 25 from the foul line.
Northwestern opened 10-point leads of 37-27 and 47-37 in the second half, only to see Rutgers eventually tie the score at 49 on a scoop shot in the lane by Mathis with 5:58 to play. Mathis had a chance for a three-point play but missed the free throw.
After a couple empty possessions by both teams, Law drove the lane and hit only his second basket for a 51-49 lead. Rutgers had a chance to tie the game with 3:57 to go, but center Shaq Doorson missed the first of two free throws.
Taylor then took over sandwiching his two big 3-pointers around two free throws by Pardon to open a 59-52 lead.
Law finished 2 of 10 from the field with six points.