Vic Law scored 18 points and Northwestern followed a seven-day layoff with its largest margin of victory in program history, beating Chicago State 96-31 on Monday night at Allstate Arena.
Northwestern (6-4) also established a program record for the fewest points yielded in a half in the shot-clock era as they raced to a 55-8 lead at halftime.
Bolstered by torrid 3-point shooting and a swarming defense, the Wildcats scored the game's first 15 points and added a 21-0 run before halftime. Northwestern shot 9-for-16 from behind the arc and had assists on 14 of its 16 first-half buckets.
Aaron Falzon added 15 points for the Wildcats, who began a stretch of three games in six days with a season-high for points and assists (20).
Chicago State (2-11), which had scoreless droughts of 4 minutes, 40 seconds and 6:40, made just 2-of-19 shots and committed 15 turnovers before the half.
Cameron Bowles scored eight points for the Cougars, who were 8-of-40 shooting.