Northwestern (20-14) bowed once again early in post-season play as the 'Cats fell 76-64 to Rhode Island (24-9) in opening round NIT action in Kingston, RI. The 'Cats have now posted back-to-back opening round losses in the NIT and their season officially ended in seemingly fitting fashion - inconsistent play on the road.Northwestern was without starter Luka Mirkovic and his replacement, Kyle Rowley played suprisingly well, however it was Juice Thompson that even provided enough offense for NU to even stick around. Despite the irate URI crowd at the officiating, Northwestern reverted back to 2008 level free throw disparity levels as the Rams shot 27 MORE free throws (37 attempts vs 10 for NU). The 'Cats held Rhody's primary scorers in check, however, Akeem Richmond killed NU with 4-7...

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