Sept. 5, 2010
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PAVIA, Italy -
NUsports.com is blogging live as the Northwestern men's basketball team closes out its Italian tour against Pallacanestro Pavia at 11 a.m. Central time. Coming off an exciting 112-105 overtime win last night, the Wildcats are looking to finish their trip undefeated.
Ciao everyone! Thanks for joining us. The 'Cats are looking to finish 4-0 on their trip as they take on Pallacanestro Pavia this evening. Northwestern's opponent today posted a 12-18 record in Lega Due last season. The Palaravizza, the arena tonight, is very similar in size to Welsh-Ryan Arena and is the largest facility NU will have played in on its trip. Last night's entertaining contest was played in a facility that seated just 400, so this will be more of what the Wildcats are used to. We're sorry that we couldn't blog during last night's game due to there not being internet in the facility, but Northwestern's victory was enjoyable for everyone who got to witness it. Michael Thompson was spectacular, scoring 38 points, while John Shurna and Drew Crawford added 26 and 22, respectively.
The Wildcats head to Como following tonight's game. They'll do some final sightseeing tomorrow before heading back to Chicago Tuesday morning. Prior to today's game, NU had lunch and walked the streets of Pavia, a much smaller town with fewer tourists than Rome, Florence and Venice. Most businesses were closed today since it is Sunday, but there were a few that were open. The team got to visit a small farmer's market, in addition to a larger market along the river that was being held due to an on-going festival in the city.
In case you've missed any of our coverage of the team's trip, be sure to head over to the Italy Tour Central Page. We've had a different player blog every day, as well as photo galleries and video features with game highlights and postgame interviews with head coach Bill Carmody.
Apparently there really is nothing that is off limits here as far as music that is played over the sounds systems. Maybe since it's in English they don't think the kids need to "earmuff" it.
Former University of North Carolina standout Joseph Forte played for Pallacanestro Pavia last season, ranking third in Lega Due in scoring at 20.8 points per game. However, he doesn't appear to be on the team's roster this year. North Dakota State grad Brett Winkelman was also on the team a year ago, but he has also departed.
Northwestern starters: Thompson, Cobb, Crawford, Shurna, Mirkovic. Last night it was Thompson, Capocci, Crawford, Shurna and Curletti.
JerShon Cobb has hit a pair of early 3-pointers as well as two free throws as the Wildcats have a 10-5 lead just over 3 minutes in.
An early 8 points for Cobb, but he picks up his second foul and heads to the bench. Alex Marcotullio takes his place. 'Cats lead 10-7 with 5:28 left first quarter.
Drew Crawford has 7 first-quarter points and the Wildcats have their largest lead at 18-9 with 2:20 left opening quarter.
Shurna and Marcotullio hit back-to-back triples, but a make from beyond half-court by the hosts at the buzzer trims the Wildcats lead to 24-16 after one quarter. It's really amazing how many times the hosts take three or four steps or switch their pivot foot and traveling isn't called.
Northwestern shot 8-14 in the first quarter to 5-16 for Pallacanestro Pavia. NU hit six 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes of play.
Pavia just doesn't appear to have the offensive firepower that Casale Monferrato had last night. Marcotullio deposits his second triple of the game and NU matches its biggest lead of the game, up 29-18 with 6 minutes left in the first half.
Juice takes a breather and Pavia scores 7 straight to close to within 29-25. Marcotullio responds with consecutive treys (he's got 12 points) and the lead is back up to 10.
The 'Cats look a little lethargic after last night's draining contest, but they've been able to hold their own so far, thanks in part to nine makes from 3-point range so far.
Northwestern takes a 38-28 lead into the break behind 12 points by Alex Marcotullio on four 3-pointers. JerShon Cobb had 8 early and Drew Crawford added 7 before both sat most, if not all, of the second quarter after picking up their second foul.
First half FGs: NU - 12-26 (46%), Pavia - 10-28 (36%); 3-point FGs: NU - 9-18 (50%), Pavia - 3-10 (30%). Rebounding: NU - 20, Pavia - 12.
Pavia has come out the aggressors to open the second half. They've scored eight in a row to close within 42-40 with 5 minutes left in the period.
The Wildcat players look gassed out there. They're trying to hang on for dear life. Northwestern's lead is 45-42 with 1:40 left in the third quarter.
The hosts closed to within 45-44 before Crawford hits a 3-pointer and Mirkovic beats the buzzer with a trey out of the corner to give Northwestern a 51-44 advantage heading into the final 10 minutes of regulation. NU was 3-13 from the field in the third quarter prior to making their last two from deep. Crawford has a game-high 14 points.
Crawford is trying to will his team to victory. The hosts closed to within three before Drew hits two tough shots and Marcotullio gets a steal and a layup to put Northwestern ahead 57-48 with 6:33 left.
In the blink of an eye, the Wildcats have gone on an 18-0 run to pull away. It's 69-48 with 3:35 remaining. Crawford with 7 points during the run, while Cobb has four including a SUH-WEET baseline reverse.
This one's in the books as Northwestern finishes off it's Italian tour a perfect 4-0 with a 77-55 win over Pallacanestro Pavia today. Drew Crawford leads the way with 21 points.
Thompson 3-10 0-0 7, Cobb 5-7 4-4 16, Crawford 9-16 0-0 21, Shurna 1-8 2-2 5, Mirkovic 1-2 0-0 3, Capocci 0-0 1-4 1, Marcotullio 6-10 0-0 17, Curletti 0-2 0-0 0, Peljusic 0-0 1-2 1, Fruendt 1-1 4-4 6, Nichols 0-0 0-0 0, Hearn 0-0 0-0 0. Team totals 26-56 12-16 77.
Biligha 3-9 0-0 6, Borgna 2-6 0-0 4, Cisse 3-8 2-2 8, Persico 2-6 2-2 6, Marcante 2-7 1-2 5, Corcelli 1-3 0-0 2, Marmugi 1-4 0-0 3, Mgliorini 0-2 0-0 0, Tagliabue 5-7 0-0 12, Scodavolpe 2-6 3-3 9. Team totals 21-58 8-9 55.
3-point FGs: NU 13-34 (Crawford 3-8, Marcotullio 5-9, Mirkovic 1-1, Thompson 1-7, Cobb 2-3, Shurna 1-6), Pavia 5-24.
Rebounding: NU 39 (Crawford 6, Capocci 1, Marcotullio 5, Mirkovic 10, Fruendt 2, Peljusic 7, Thompson 1, Cobb 2, Shurna 4, Curletti 1), Pallacanestro Pavia 30.
Assists: NU 15 (Crawford 2, Marcotullio 1, Mirkovic 4, Peljusic 1, Thompson 6, Shurna 1), Pallacanestro Pavia 5.
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