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Northwestern beats Mississippi Valley 81-68
By MATT CARLSON, Associated Press Thursday, Nov 15, 2012

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP)—Mississippi Valley junior transfer Davon Usher scored a game-leading 35 points to almost single-handedly keep the Delta Devils in the game, but Northwestern got key late baskets from sophomore guard Dave Sobolewski to pull out an 81-68 win on Thursday night.

Sobolewski scored his first field goal of the season on a layup to break a 58-58 tie midway through the second half moments after Usher had hit a 3-point shot from the right corner to knot the score.

Sobolewski scored all 13 of his points, including two 3-point baskets, down the stretch to give Northwestern (2-0) the victory.

Reggie Hearn had 23 points and Jared Swopshire added 22 for the Wildcats, who needed a 23-10 spurt in the final 8:54 to win.

Usher seemed to zone in as the game progressed, going 7 of 8 on 3-point attempts He had scored 32 points in his first two games with Mississippi Valley (0-3).

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 Miss. Valley St.
Davon Usher Davon Usher
12-18,  35 Pts
7 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Northwestern
Reggie Hearn Reggie Hearn
8-12,  23 Pts
4 Rebs, 6 Assists

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