Beran, Audige lead Northwestern past stubborn Prairie View

Dec 10, 2022, 11:40 PM | Updated: Dec 11, 2022, 1:47 pm
Northwestern guard Julian Roper II, right, shoots against Prairie View A&M forward Braden Bell duri...

Northwestern guard Julian Roper II, right, shoots against Prairie View A&M forward Braden Bell during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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              Northwestern guard Chase Audige (1) drives to the basket as Prairie View A&M guard Hegel Augustin guards during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. Northwestern won 61-51. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
            
              Northwestern guard Ty Berry, left, and Prairie View A&M forward Nikkei Rutty battle for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
            
              Northwestern head coach Chris Collins reacts to a call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Prairie View A&M in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. Northwestern won 61-51. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
            
              Northwestern forward Robbie Beran, left, looks to pass against Prairie View A&M forward Mckinley Harris during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
            
              Northwestern guard Ty Berry, right, drives to the basket against Prairie View A&M forward Mckinley Harris during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. Northwestern won 61-51. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
            
              Prairie View A&M guard Hegel Augustin, right, rebounds the ball against Northwestern forward Robbie Beran during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. Northwestern won 61-51.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
            
              Prairie View A&M guard Kortrijk Miles, right, battles for a rebound against Northwestern guard Chase Audige (1) and center Matthew Nicholson during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. Northwestern won 61-51. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
            
              Northwestern center Matthew Nicholson, right, drives against Prairie View A&M forward Nikkei Rutty during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. Northwestern won 61-51.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
            
              Prairie View A&M guard Hegel Augustin, right, rebounds the ball against Northwestern forward Tydus Verhoeven during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. Northwestern won 61-51. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
            
              Northwestern guard Julian Roper II, right, shoots against Prairie View A&M forward Braden Bell during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Robbie Beran had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Chase Audige made several key plays, and Northwestern rallied to defeat Prairie View A&M 61-51 on Sunday.

Audige hit a 3-pointer and later a pair of free throws to give the Wildcats a 51-47 lead with 6:17 remaining. It was Northwestern’s first lead since the 14-minute mark of the second half. At 3:48 Audige made a layup for a 56-49 lead and the Wildcats continued to extend their lead from there.

Northwestern’s defense, 12th nationally with 54.5 points allowed per game and sixth at 35.4% field goal percentage allowed, held the Panthers scoreless over the final 3:26 and allowed just four points over the final 10 minutes. Prairie View finished at 29% shooting for the game and Northwestern hit on 29.5%.

Audige finished with 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and four blocks. Beran had four 3-pointers and three blocks. Boo Buie had 12 points and seven assists for the Wildcats (7-2).

Jeremiah Gambrell scored 16 points for Prairie View (4-5) but shot 6-for-22 overall and missed 11 3-pointers. Hegel Augustin had 10 points and 12 rebounds off the bench.

Northwestern finished the first half at 18.8% shooting overall and 4-of-18 on 3-pointers. The Wildcats made only two 2-point field goals in the first half and trailed 29-24 at the break.

Northwestern’s struggles in the first half were evidenced by 5-for-25 shooting over the first 16 minutes. At the 4-minute timeout Beran, who had 13 points and five rebounds at that point, was the only Wildcat who had scored more than two points.

The Wildcats improved to 14-1 all-time against SWAC schools, with a 14-0 record at home.

Northwestern plays the second game of a six-game homestand on Saturday against DePaul.

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