March 16, 2012
Site: Seattle, Wash. (Alaska Airlines Arena)
Score: Washington 76, Northwestern 55
Records: NU (19-14), Washington (23-11)
SEATTLE -- A big run to start the second half by Washington was too much for Northwestern to overcome as the Wildcats saw their season come to an end with a 76-55 loss Friday in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament at Alaska Airlines Arena.
John Shurna led NU with 24 points in his final collegiate game. He finishes his career with a school-record 2,038 points.
Washington held a 9-6 lead early on, but a pair of free throws by JerShon Cobb preceded 3-pointers by Drew Crawford, Alex Marcotullio and Shurna as the Wildcats went on an 11-0 run to take a 17-9 lead just over eight minutes into the contest.
The Huskies made three of their first four field goal attempts, but NU held them to just one make in their next 11 attempts as the 'Cats went on their run.
Northwestern connected on eight of its first 12 field goal tries over the opening 12 minutes of play, but six turnovers helped Washington rally back to take a 25-22 advantage.
The Huskies' run would ultimately be 23-6 as the hosts surged in front 32-23 with 6:30 left in the opening stanza. Reggie Hearn would get the Wildcats a much-needed bucket on a drive to the rack before Shurna drilled a transition trey, his third of the half, to get NU back within 32-28 with four minutes left in the period.
Washington would push its advantage back up to nine before Hearn scored just before the first-half buzzer to get the 'Cats within 39-32 at the break.
Northwestern shot 57.9 percent from the field over the opening 20 minutes of play to just 35.1 percent for UW, but 11 turnovers by the Wildcats resulted in 18 more field goal attempts for the Huskies.
Washington quickly extended its lead early in the second half as Terrence Ross hit three 3-pointers in the first four minutes of play to give the hosts a 52-33 lead.
After making just five of 21 3-point tries in the first half, the Huskies made six of their first seven over the first 10 minutes of the second stanza to help distance themselves from the Wildcats.
Northwestern was never able to make a serious run to get back in the contest as it shot just 21.9 percent from the field after the break.
Ross, a first-team All-Pac 12 selection, paced Washington with 32 points.
The contest marked the final game in the collegiate careers of Shurna, Nick Fruendt, Davide Curletti and Luka Mirkovic. NU finished the season with 19 victories, one shy of the school record achieved each of the last two years.
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