Shurna sets Wildcats' career scoring record

February, 18, 2012
2/18/12
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Northwestern senior John Shurna became the school’s all-time leading scorer during Saturday’s 64-53 home win over Minnesota.

Billy McKinney had owned the previous record of 1,900 career points, which was set from 1974-77. Shurna broke the record Saturday with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 10:58 remaining in the second half. It gave him 17 points on the night and 1,901 points for his career. He finished with 18 points.

Shurna had downplayed the record heading into the game.

“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.”

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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