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  • June 14, 2019
    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern basketball teams arent known for their swagger, but Vic Law and the Wildcats are making noises that times are about to change.Law triggered a decisive 12-0 run early in the game on the way to a team-high 22 points and Northwestern rolled past Bryant 86-66 on Friday.Scottie Lindsey contributed 20 points for the Wildcats, while Gavin Skelly pitched in 15 more off the bench. Dererk Pardon had a game-high 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.Were really good, Law said. Weve showed that well come out and compete no matter who its against. This isnt the old Northwestern.How good the Wildcats really are wont be known for a while, of course, but coach Chris Collins already was certain that this was the most talented of his four teams to date.As a coach, this game had a lot of trappings, Collins said. We had three games on the road and one day to prepare for a game, and that day was Thanksgiving. We had the potential for a lot of distractions, but I was so proud of the way we started the game.Northwestern (4-2) took a 38-23 lead into halftime, but Bryant top gun Nisre Zouzoua went off for 14 points to close the gap to 42-39 five minutes into the second half. After a timeout, the Wildcats were able to regroup for their second victory in the last four starts.Zouzoua finished with a game-high 24 points and Adam Grant added 19 the Bulldogs, who shot only 39 percent in the field. Zouzoua came off career-high 30-point outburst in a 64-57 victory over Louisiana Monroe three nights earlier.After Grants jump shot tied the game 5-5, Northwestern seized control in the next 3:30.Law drained eight straight points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Skelly followed with a pair of free throws before Pardon scored on a lay-up to cap the onslaught.Bryant (2-4) started no one taller than 6-foot-6 and just one upperclassman in the loss, its third in the last four starts.We did some good things, especially at the start of the second half, Bryant coach Tim OShea said. We have a young team and dont play in the Big Ten, so I think we had an impressive effort throughout the course of the game.BIG PICTUREBryant: The challenge will be to find a consistent third scorer to complement the Grant-Zouzoua backcourt, which accounted for 52 percent of their points thus far. We have (the talent), OShea said. But its young talent that will take time to develop. The Bulldogs were picked to finish third in the Northeast Conference preseason coaches poll.Northwestern: While the Wildcats have shot the longball well thus far, the jury remains out on their inside game. They entered the contest with a .451 success rate from beyond the arc, best among Big Ten teams. Law (.700) and Lindsey (.455) led the way among the regulars.ALL FOR ONEPaced by Lindsey and Skelly with six apiece, Northwestern had 25 assists on 31 field goals against an extended 2/3 zone defense. Thats a sign of good ball movement and guys who are willing to do it, Collins said.UP NEXTBryant: The Bulldogs travel to Providence, Rhode Island, for a date with Brown on Monday night.Northwestern: The Wildcats will get a big test against Wake Forest in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge in Evanston on Monday night. Custom Ravens Jersey China . -- The Sacramento Kings are set to become the first major professional sports franchise to accept Bitcoin virtual currency for ticket and merchandise purchases. Cheap Custom Ravens Jersey . 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Even with an Olympic title still to defend, Anna Meares says it is mission accomplished in Rio.The 32-year-old cycling legend achieved her two goals for these Games with bronze in the keirin.Several times before Saturdays race - most recently on Friday - Meares had said she had two goals for her fourth Olympics.But until Olympic medal No.6, the Australian team flag bearer had kept them to herself.There were two boxes to tick ... place better than I did in London in the keirin and win a medal, a tearful Meares said after the keirin final.Meares rode a poor keirin final at the last Olympics and then rebounded brilliantly to win gold in the sprint.Her keirin bronze in Rio eases the pressure slightly for the sprint, where Meares has not won a world championship medal since London.The bronze was also historic, as Meares became the most decorated Australian cyclist in Olympic history with six medals.The Australian team flag bearer cried when told about the numerous cycling medal records she had set, including the first woman to win track medals at four Olympics.Double whammy - thats brilliant, she said.Only British legends Brad Wiggins (eight) and Chris Hoy (seven) have won more Olympic medals in the sport.Dutch gold medallist Elis Ligtlee rode from the front and Meares could not catch her, with British rider Rebecca James coming around the outside for silver.Meares said she lost some speed when she went ttoo high on the last bend.ddddddddddddMy coach (Gary West) is going to give me one for having my elbows out up the home straight, she said.My old BMX days were coming back - I was just fighting to get everything out.Meares had a tumultuous build-up to Rio, thanks to an ongoing back injury that flared again late last year.My team have combed every corner to find ways to keep me strong, the muscles working and to keep the back intact and Ive got a medal, she said.She also contemplated retirement last year after the break-up of her marriage.It is the second medal in a rocky Rio campaign so far for Australian cycling, following the silver to the mens team pursuiters.Matthew Glaetzer will ride off for bronze against Russian Denis Dmitriev in the sprint after losing his semi-final to British rider Callum Skinner.Australias womens team pursuiters, their hopes cruelled by a training crash at the start of the week, had to settle for fifth.Great Britain are guaranteed a fourth track gold medal, with defending Olympic champion Jason Kenny and Skinner to ride off in the final.Their womens team pursuiters broke the world record in all three rides at the Olympics, reducing it to four minutes 10.236 seconds when they beat the US in Saturdays final.Canada beat New Zealand for the bronze. 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