Beran set the tone for the Wildcats, knocking down an early jumper and following it with a pair of 3-pointers to get Northwestern off to a 14-8 lead barely five minutes into the contest.
Boo Buie scored 13 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished seven assists for the Wildcats while Berry turned in 11 points and 11 rebounds with three steals.
Northwestern (2-0) shot 24 of 58 from the field (41.4%) and had 16 assists on its 24 made baskets.
Keshawn Williams scored 19 points for Northern Illinois (0-2). The Huskies were 17-for-51 (33.3%) shooting.
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