Northwestern guard Dave Sobolewski (3) drives to the basket as Mississippi Valley State center Julius Francis during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Northwestern won 81-68. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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Mississippi Valley junior transfer Davon Usher scored a game-leading 35 points to almost single-handedly keep the Delta Devils in the game, but Northwestern got key late baskets from sophomore guard Dave Sobolewski to pull out 81-68 win on Thursday night.