Northwestern held off a late surge by Nation Ford to pick up its ninth win of the year.
The Trojans won 50-43 and were led by senior Keith Bell with 16 points and junior Mustafia Love with 13 points.
Northwestern opened the third quarter holding a slim 22-19 lead. The Trojans started the quarter by getting good looks at the basket and quickly went up by 10 at 31-21, while Nation Ford missed its first four shots.
Nation Ford didn't hit a field goal in the third quarter until less than 2:30 left as they started 0 for 12 from the field.
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Northwestern had pushed its lead to 35-27 after three quarters and started the fourth again on a run when it needed it the most. The Trojans opened the final period on an 8-0 run. The Falcons again struggled, as they missed their first seven shots.
"Defensively we played well," said Trojans coach Mike Gossett. "At times we got better in the game. I am really proud of them. We pride ourselves on defense and we pressed more."
Nation Ford did make a late surge to cut the game to 47-43 with about 90 seconds left, but couldn't turn things around fast enough.
For the game, Northwestern shot 58 percent from the field taking high percentage shots and going inside most of the game.
The Trojans started things off by going up 15-4 in the opening period.
Nation Ford struggled from the opening tip with ball handling and turned the ball over six times in the first quarter. The Falcons quickly went down as Bell hit both of his 3-pointers in the opening period.
Northwestern did struggle some in the second quarter, scoring just five points as Nation Ford clawed its way back into the game.
Junior Justin Sergent hit two key 3-pointers to pull Nation Ford to within three points at the break.
Senior Andrew Komornik led Nation Ford with 10 points. Junior A.J. Jackson came on late for the Falcons, scoring all eight of his points in the fourth quarter to help Nation Ford make a late push.
Nation Ford struggled from the field shooting the ball and shot 33 percent from the field. The Falcons were consistently being beaten on the board and didn't get as many chances at the free throw line as they would have liked.
The Falcons shot just 4 of 9 from the charity stripe and had just one free-throw attempt in the first half.
Northwestern didn't go to the line too often either, shooting just 13 foul shots in the game.
Nation Ford 43
Nation Ford - Andrew Komornik 10, AJ Jackson 8, Carson Smith 7, Justin Sergent 6, Riley Hilton 4, Brandon Harris 4, Kevin Stewart 2, Brandon Sturdivant 2.
Northwestern - Keith Bell 16, Mustafia Love 13, Jhante McMillan 10, Rontavius McClure 4, Manzi Hill 3, Keenan Orr 2, Mason Rudolph 2.
3-pointers - Nation Ford 5 (Justin Sergent 2, AJ Jackson 2, Carson Smith 1), Northwestern 3 (Keith Bell 2, Jhante McMillan 1). Team fouls - Nation Ford 19, Northwestern 15. Fouled out - Manzi Hill (NW).
Records: Nation Ford 8-5, Northwestern 9-4.