Northwestern University Club
Chiefs hold off Northwestern Club squad, snap 8-game skid on afternoon that Waubonsee's 1970-71 Skyway Conference Champion team is honored.
Opponent: Wildcats at Chiefs
90 - 76 (W)
On a nostalgic afternoon in Waubonsee’s Erickson Hall, the Chiefs kept a persistent Northwestern University Club team at arm’s length and snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 90-76 victory over the Wildcats. At halftime members of the Chiefs’ 1970-71 Skyway Conference Championship team, the first in school history, were honored along with their legendary head coach Ray Lumpp. Led by Aurora West graduate Phil Neal, who was in the top-5 nationally in scoring with a 32.6 points-per-game average, the Chiefs won 10 in a row on their way to the first of four Skyway titles under Lumpp’s direction.
The current Chiefs have been going in the opposite direction lately, but turned things around against the Wildcats by making 18 of 20 (90 percent) from the foul line and out rebounding Northwestern 52-38. Waubonsee gradually built a 43-36 halftime advantage. The Chiefs grabbed their biggest lead at 73-53 with 7:53 remaining, before the Wildcats began to chip away at that deficit. Northwestern pulled within eight (82-74) with 2:00 left when Amon Jones grabbed a rebound and went coast-to-coast for a short jumper in the lane. Waubonsee then connected on six consecutive free throw opportunities down the stretch to pull away for their first victory since November 14.
Naiem Johnson led all scorers with 25 points and snagged eight rebounds. Chris Buckley posted a double-double with 23 points and 10 boards to go along with four assists. Elliot McGaughy added 17 points and three assists, while point guard Chris Bryson chipped in with seven assists and eight rebounds. Jones paced Northwestern with 24 points, eight boards and five assists, while Andy Ten Eyck booked 16 points and hauled in 10 rebounds for the Wildcats.