John Shurna Rewrites NU Wildcats' History Books

John Shurna Rewrites NU Wildcats’ History Books

As we hinted back in October, this 2011-2012 season had the makings to be a big one for Northwestern Wildcats senior forward John Shurna. Shurna, while leading the Cats to a 64-53 victory over conference foe Minnesota Golden Golphers on Saturday night, made one special shot that will serve as a crowning moment for his great four year career. With just over 10 minutes left in regulation the 6’9’’ Shurna hit a 3 point shot to give him 1,902 career points – surpassing Billy McKinney’s 1900 point mark as Northwestern Men’s Basketball’s all-time leading scorer. An accomplishment such as this is sure to solidify Shurna as one of NU’s all-time greats, but when discussing the issue with the media he had this to say:

“I think I’d like to say I’ve never focused on individual goals from the start,” Shurna said on Friday. “It’s not a big deal for me. If I don’t score the rest of the season and we win the rest of the games, I’d be even more happy. I just want to go out there and win games.”

While sports fans love to see a such a humble star athlete, one look at John Shurna’s numbers makes it apparent that for Northwestern to win games, they certainly need him to score points. The Wildcats are currently an “on the bubble” team for the NCAA tournament, and Shurna is averaging just over 20 points and 6 rebounds a game while dishing out nearly 3 assists each game.  With a few crucial Big Ten match-ups rounding out the regular season, Northwestern has little room for error if they want to make their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Even if the Wildcats fail to get in on the March Madness, they are guaranteed post-season play in the NIT Tournament where the team will be among the most talented of the bunch.  To get tickets to Northwestern Men’s Basketball’s final regular season games and to get first dibs at post-season tickets, be sure the check out the selection Gold Coast Tickets has to offer.

Regardless of what post-season play holds for the Wildcats this year, John Shurna played a crucial role in establishing this winning culture we have seen out of Northwestern in recent years. As an official partner of Northwestern Athletics we are delighted to take the time to thank, congratulate, and wish John the best of luck in the future. Go Cats!


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