Chase Audige scored a career-high 28 points and Northwestern hit 13 3-pointers in an 83-45 victory over DePaul on Saturday afternoon in Evanston.
The in-state rivals played for the first time since 2019. Northwestern leads the all-time series 22-14 and has won five of the last six meetings.
The Wildcats (8-2) came into the game boasting the seventh-ranked defense in the country at 56.8 points allowed per game and held the Blue Demons to almost a dozen points below that average. Northwestern took a 39-26 lead at the half and held DePaul to 19 points after intermission, starting the second half with a 12-2 run to push its lead to 51-28.
Audige shot 11 of 19 from the field and hit 6 of 10 3-pointers while making five steals. Boo Buie hit 4 of 12 3-pointers and scored 17 points as Northwestern shot 29 of 67 from the field (43.3%) and hit 13 of 33 shots from beyond the arc. The Wildcats outrebounded DePaul 43-33.
Eral Penn and Philmon Gebrewhit each scored 11 points and Umoja Gibson added 10 for DePaul (6-6). The Blue Demons shot just 16 of 52 (30.8%) from the field and were 6 of 21 on 3-pointers.