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Northwestern vs Notre Dame

Shurna helps Northwestern handle No. 23 Notre Dame

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Northwestern's 1-3-1 defense made Notre Dame work for its shots, and a lot of the ones the Irish did let fly Friday night misfired.

Northwestern's offense was OK, too. John Shurna had a career-high 25 points and freshman Alex Marcotullio shut off rallies with two key 3-pointers as the Wildcats upset No. 23 Notre Dame 72-58 in the Chicago Invitational Challenge.

"We felt that we had a great chance to win," said Northwestern guard Michael Thompson, who had 20 points.

"Coach wanted us to focus on [Luke] Harangody and close out on the shooters. With the 1-3-1 we did a great job of getting a hand on a lot of passes."

Harangody, often double and triple teamed, finished with 21 points. But the Irish shot only 32 percent for the game and guard Ben Hansbrough was 1 for 10 and 0 for 7 on 3-point attempts. He entered the game shooting 59 percent from the floor and 67 percent from behind the arc.

"[Harangody] wasn't under the basket as much where he is most effective and Hansbrough ... we were just trying to close out and be there right on the catch," Thompson said.

"It was just one of those nights where things didn't go right for me," said Harangody, who shot 7 for 19.

"We knew they were going to come in and run the 1-3-1. It wasn't anything we didn't expect. I think we just missed some shots we usually hit and weren't able to get on a run and get in a flow."

Northwestern (4-1) will face Iowa State in the finals Saturday night at the UIC Pavilion. The Cyclones (6-0) pulled away in the second half to beat Saint Louis 65-54 on Friday night.

Northwestern built a 12-point lead in the second half before the Irish (5-1) rallied. They were within one when Marcotullio sank a 3-pointer. When Notre Dame chopped it to 58-56, Marcotullio hit another 3-pointer with two minutes left.

Shurna then worked his way inside for a basket with a minute remaining and the Wildcats hit nine free throws to close it out.

"We had a hard time with him. We had a couple of different guys on him and he had 14 at half and he was really hard to guard tonight," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said of Shurna, a 6-foot-8 sophomore.

"I think it was my teammates finding me in good positions to score," Shurna said. "I'm not trying to force things, but I think if there is an opportunity to make plays, you got to go ahead and do it."

Thompson hit a a 3-pointer and drove for a basket, Jeremy Nash sank a 3, Luka Mirkovic worked inside for a basket and Shurna also scored during a 12-0 run that opened up a 50-38 lead with 12 minutes to go.

The Irish then caught up by picking up their defense and getting to the line. Harangody made four free throws, Carleton Scott dunked, Tim Abromaitis hit a 3-pointer, Scott made two free throws and Harangody had a layup in a 13-2 run that cut it to 52-51 with just over seven minutes left.

Marcotullio ended Northwestern's three-minute drought with a 3-pointer and added two free throws to extend the lead to six.

Abromaitis hit a 3-pointer to make it 58-54 and the Irish missed three straight 3-point attempts on the same possession. But after the Irish blocked a layup attempt by Shurna, Abromaitis worked free for a layup and Northwestern's lead was down to 58-56 with 2:18 remaining.

But Marcotullio, who finished with 13 points, connected again from 3-point range to rescue the Wildcats.

Northwestern led 30-27 at the half.

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John Shurna has a career-high 25 points to vault Northwestern to the finals against Iowa State.  (AP)
John Shurna has a career-high 25 points to vault Northwestern to the finals against Iowa State. (AP)
Scoreboard
Northwestern (4-1) «304272
Notre Dame #23 (5-1)273158
NW:John Shurna 25 Pts
NW:John Shurna 8 Reb
NW:Jeremy Nash 5 Ast
ND:Luke Harangody 21 Pts
ND:Luke Harangody 9 Reb
ND:Ben Hansbrough 5 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Notre DameNorthwestern
ND
Luke Harangody
NW
John Shurna
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
21902584
Northwestern Wildcats
M. Thompson, G406-146-631120
J. Nash, G392-70-06556
J. Shurna, F389-184-484225
D. Crawford, G-F200-10-02230
K. Rowley, C120-30-01020
L. Mirkovic, F-C283-52-45308
A. Marcotullio, G204-82-232313
I. Peljusic, F30-00-01000
M. Capocci, FDid Not Play
K. Coble, FDid Not Play
D. Curletti, FDid Not Play
N. Fruendt, G-FDid Not Play
R. Hearn, GDid Not Play
J. Ryan, G-FDid Not Play
M. Steger, G-FDid Not Play
Totals 24-5614-1629171672
 42.9%87.5% 
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
T. Jackson, G404-90-024211
L. Harangody, F397-197-990421
B. Hansbrough, G381-102-24544
T. Nash, G-F151-20-25132
J. Peoples, G150-40-02310
T. Abromaitis, F275-130-051413
C. Scott, F262-52-28107
M. Broghammer, F10-00-00000
J. Brooks, G10-10-00010
J. Cooley, F10-00-01000
T. Andree, FDid Not Play
T. Knight, FDid Not Play
T. Kopko, GDid Not Play
S. Martin, GDid Not Play
Totals 20-6311-1536151958
 31.7%73.3% 
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Wisconsin13-225-36
Maryland12-424-59
Purdue11-419-958
Michigan St.10-519-933
Iowa10-619-1054
Ohio St.9-620-843
Indiana9-719-1036
Illinois8-818-1159
Michigan7-914-1481
Minnesota6-1017-1278
Northwestern5-1114-15113
Nebraska5-1113-15123
Penn St.3-1315-14112
Rutgers2-1410-19155

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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Virginia15-127-13
Duke13-326-35
Notre Dame12-424-528
Louisville11-523-619
N. Carolina10-620-918
Syracuse9-718-1162
Pittsburgh8-719-1037
Miami (Fla.)8-818-1167
N.C. State8-817-1240
Clemson8-816-1286
Florida St.7-1015-15115
Wake Forest4-1112-16126
Georgia Tech3-1412-17117
Boston College2-1410-18177
Va. Tech2-1410-19215
 
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