FORT WAYNE — Northrop scored the first 10 points Friday against Bishop Luers. And the Bruins never slowed down, cruising to a 95-59 victory over the Knights.
“Luers is a scoring team. Down the stretch anything can happen. We wanted to get on them quick and play from there,” said Bryson Scott, who had a game-high 35 points.
Scott – part of Purdue’s 2013 recruiting class – also had five steals. The Bruins turned 19 Knights’ turnovers into 23 points.
“Our best offense is defense by far,” Northrop coach Barak Coolman said. “It allows us to get up and down and play the way we want to play.”
Brenton Scott, who is headed to Indiana State, added 24 points and five rebounds for Northrop (12-2, 3-1 SAC).
“They are the heart of their team,” Bishop Luers coach James Blackmon Sr. said of the Scott twins. “If you let those guys get out in transition, they are really strong in transition. I thought we didn’t get back. You give those guys easy lines to the buckets, they are really going to take advantage of it and they really did tonight.”
The Bruins got to the basket at will. Northrop shot 65.5 percent from the floor.
“Any time we can find a hole or something to get into the lane, that is always our game plan,” Bryson Scott said. “That’s my game, get to the basket, cause havoc and try to get as many buckets as I can.”
James Blackmon Jr. – an Indiana recruit – scored 30 points to pace the Knights (4-4, 2-2). Cameron Leshore scored 11 points.
“The young guys came into this environment tonight and we saw some positive things. We just have to keep getting better,” Blackmon Sr. said.
Bryson Scott scored four points during the 10-0 spurt to start the game.
“It makes a big difference to play with a lead and have momentum and control, especially to make them have to work for everything,” Coolman said.
Blackmon Jr. then got hot, making a three-pointer to get the Knights within 12-7 with 3:18 to go in the opening quarter. But Northrop closed the quarter on an 11-2 run to lead 23-9.
Blackmon scored the first 14 points for the Knights.
“James Blackmon is a great player,” Coolman said. “I was proud of our defensive intensity on him. We really made him work for his 30 points tonight.
“(Brenton) did a great job setting the tone (defending James). It was a team defense, it wasn’t one-on-one. It wasn’t Brenton versus James. It wasn’t the Scotts versus the Blackmons. It was Northrop versus Luers and that’s the most important score.”
Defense continued to fuel the Bruins in the second half. A 9-0 run by the Bruins early in the third quarter stretched the lead to 52-35. Brenton Scott scored 12 points in the third quarter.
“Our goal was to hold them under 60 and for a little while there it looked like it was going to be tough,” Coolman said. “We want to play hard, set a tone.”