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    Shurna's 29 Points Not Enough as NU Falls at No. 18 Indiana, 71-66

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM John Shurna came up one point shy of recording back-to-back 30-point games.
    John Shurna came up one point shy of recording back-to-back 30-point games.

    Feb. 15, 2012

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    Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Assembly Hall)
    Score: #18/20 Indiana 71, Northwestern 66
    Records: NU (15-10, 5-8 Big Ten), Indiana (20-6, 8-6 Big Ten)
    Next NU Event: Saturday, Feb. 18 -- vs. Minnesota (Welsh-Ryan Arena), 6 p.m.
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- John Shurna scored a game-high 29 points but Indiana closed the game on an 8-3 run to defeat Northwestern 71-66 Wednesday evening at Assembly Hall.

    With the effort, Shurna moved to within 16 points of matching Billy McKinney's career scoring record at NU. Drew Crawford added 18 points for the Wildcats.

    Northwestern attacked the rim early on in the contest, including an emphatic slam by Reggie Hearn, as the Wildcats got out to a 10-6 lead at the first media timeout.

    Drew Crawford got off to a good start, scoring seven of NU's first 13 points before Shurna finally got on the board by drilling a 3-pointer to put the 'Cats up 16-10 with 12 minutes left.

    Indiana would eventually rally back to take its first lead of the game, 22-21, on a layup by Victor Oladipo with 7:54 remaining. The lead would grow to 30-23 following a basket by Christian Watford before Northwestern rallied back.

    A pair of tough jumpers by Shurna preceded a backdoor lay-in by Alex Marcotullio that got NU within 30-29 with just under two minutes remaining. However, the Hoosiers would score seven of the final nine points of the half to take a 37-31 lead at the break.

    Shurna and Cody Zeller paced their respective squad with 13 points apiece over the opening 20 minutes of play.

    Northwestern stormed out of the gates in the second half, starting the stanza on a 12-2 run behind seven points from Shurna to take a 43-39 advantage at the 16:27 mark. IU responded with eight points in a row to go back up four, 47-43.

    Shurna continued his flurry, scoring 13 points over the first 8:03 of the half to give the Wildcats a 51-49 lead. Hearn followed with a 3-pointer to extend Northwestern's advantage to five, but a 12-4 run by the Hoosiers, capped by a Matt Roth trey allowed IU to take the lead back at 61-58 with 5:34 left. Indiana entered the game leading the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage, but NU held them to 2-for-13 shooting from beyond the arc in the contest.

    Northwestern would knot the score at 63-63 with 4:19 left following a ridiculous three-point play by Shurna. However, Verdell Jones III hit a baseline jumper on the following possession and made two more baskets down the stretch to help Indiana hold on.

    Northwestern returns to action at 6 p.m. Saturday as it hosts Minnesota at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tickets are available at or by calling 888-GO-PURPLE.


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