Life without Drew Crawford began Monday night for Northwestern, and it wasn’t pretty.
But the Wildcats did survive a sloppy, low-intensity game against Texas State, going on a late run in a 74-68 victory.
Northwestern improved to 8-3, narrowly avoiding its fourth straight home loss against a team that entered with a 4-6 record.
Northwestern looked buried when Corey Stern slammed one down for a 68-62 Texas State lead with 3:31 to play. But Stern hung on the rim, drawing a technical foul.
The Wildcats scored the final 12 points in the game, highlighted by a Dave Sobolewski 3-pointer. That was NU's first field goal in almost 10 minutes.
Tre Demps was a bright spot, swishing 3 of 4 from deep and scoring 12 points.
But it figured, given this seemingly cursed program, that the redshirt freshman guard had to leave the game midway through the second half after turning his left ankle.
Demps did it while drawing a foul on a drive. He remained in the game long enough to commit a foul on defense, then alerted the coaches to remove him, limping and pointing at his foot.
Sobolewski scored a team-high 18 points but made just 5 of 9 from the free-throw line. The Wildcats hit 14 of 25 (56 percent) from the line.