Boxscore
Northwestern 76, Akron 74
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 9:00 PM
Location - Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois
Officials - Jim Burr, Jeff Clark, Gene Steratore
Attendance - 2319

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Akron 34 40 74
Northwestern 42 34 76

Recap


Northwestern 76, Akron 74: John Shurna hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 1:34 remaining as the host Wildcats edged the Zips in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament.
 
Shurna posted his first double-double of the season with 23 points and 11 rebounds while Drew Crawford added a game-high 27 points for No. 4 seed Northwestern (19-13), which improved to 6-5 this season in games decided by less than five points.
 
JerShon Cobb scored 19 points for the Wildcats, who will face top-seeded Washington or eighth-seeded Texas-Arlington in the second round.
 
Trailing 42-27 with 1:34 left before the break, fifth-seeded Akron (22-12) stormed back with seven unanswered points going into intermission. Crawford temporarily halted the run with a 3-pointer to open the second half, but the Zips went on another 17-4 burst to take a 51-49 lead with 13:03 left.
 
From that point, the teams played within a five-point window the rest of the way. Akron knotted the game at 73 with three free throws from Brian Walsh with 1:49 left.
 
But Shurna drilled his fifth and final 3-pointer of the game on the subsequent possession and Akron missed each of its final four shots – including a 3-point attempt by Alex Abreu as time expired – allowing Northwestern to secure the victory.
 
Quincy Diggs poured in a team-high 18 points while Zeke Marshall added 17 for the Zips, who fell to 4-20 all-time against Big Ten opponents.
 
Game Notebook: Shurna became the 27th player in Big Ten history to surpass the 2,000-point mark with a pull-up jumper in the first half. … Only five players scored for Northwestern. … The Wildcats shot 10 of 27 from the 3-point line, the 12th time this season they've made at least 10.

Akron Zips

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Nikola Cvetinovic 30:00 5-12 0-1 0-0 4 1 5 2 1 0 1 0 10
Alex Abreu 38:00 2-8 0-3 0-0 1 4 5 10 4 0 3 0 4
Chauncey Gilliam 25:00 5-5 2-2 0-1 0 2 2 1 1 0 2 0 12
Zeke Marshall 26:00 8-10 0-0 1-1 1 6 7 0 2 1 0 1 17
Brian Walsh 30:00 2-9 1-7 4-5 2 3 5 1 3 0 1 0 9
Brett McClanahan 2:00 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Demetrius Treadwell 15:00 0-4 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 2 1 0
Nick Harney 8:00 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 2 2 0 4
Quincy Diggs 26:00 6-13 3-5 3-4 4 2 6 3 0 1 1 0 18
TOTAL 200 30-67 6-19 8-11 13 23 36 20 13 4 12 2 74
  44.8% 31.6% 72.7% Team Rebs: 9   Total TO: 12

Northwestern Wildcats

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
JerShon Cobb 29:00 8-10 1-2 2-2 0 3 3 1 0 1 2 0 19
Drew Crawford 36:00 10-15 3-7 4-5 2 5 7 4 2 1 1 0 27
Reggie Hearn 23:00 2-5 0-1 0-0 3 1 4 3 2 0 0 0 4
John Shurna 40:00 8-22 5-11 2-3 4 7 11 7 4 1 2 2 23
Dave Sobolewski 32:00 0-3 0-2 0-1 0 1 1 5 2 0 1 0 0
Davide Curletti 10:00 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 0
Nick Fruendt 3:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Alex Marcotullio 27:00 1-4 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 3 0 1 3
TOTAL 200 29-62 10-27 8-11 9 20 29 25 12 6 6 5 76
  46.8% 37.0% 72.7% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 6
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