EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Tre Demps scored 24 points, 17 in the first half, and Alex Olah added 14 points and 10 rebounds, leading Northwestern to a 98-59 win over Rutgers on Saturday.

Northwestern was 17 of 28 from 3-point range.

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Jonathan Laurent scored 17 for Rutgers, which lost its 31st consecutive Big Ten game and 16th straight game overall.

Northwestern (18-11, 6-10 Big Ten) is on target to win 20 games for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

With two games left, Rutgers (6-23, 0-16) is on the verge of becoming the first Big Ten team to go winless in conference play since Northwestern went 0-16 in 1999-2000. Northwestern also went 0-18 in the Big Ten in 1990-91.

Bryant McIntosh had a career-high 13 assists and scored six points for Northwestern.

Demps and the Wildcats made quick work of the Scarlet Knights. Demps’ 3 gave the ‘Cats an early 19-4 lead and he extended it to 30-9 with another 3 with 9:09 left. He was 5 of 5 from 3-point range in the half.

Northwestern led 48-18 at half. Scottie Lindsey’s dunk gave the Wildcats an 84-43 lead, their largest of the game.

Corey Sanders served the final game of a four-game suspension, making the Scarlet Knights huge underdogs again. Oddsmakers listed the Wildcats as 18½-point favorites. Sanders is the team’s leading scorer at 18.4 points per game.

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Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan got some depth back on his frontline. Centers Greg Lewis and Ibrahima Diallo both played, but they provided little. The Wildcats outrebounded the Scarlet Knights 26-8 in the first half.


Rutgers: Diallo returned after injuring his foot on Dec. 18. Lewis was back after missing one game with a foot injury. … Omari Grier finished with 11 points.

Northwestern: The Wildcats were 9 of 13 from 3-point range in the first half. … Northwestern leads the all-time series 6-1. … Aaron Falzon finished with 12 points on four 3-pointers.


Rutgers: hosts Michigan State on Wednesday.

Northwestern: visits Penn State on Thursday.

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