North Florida 54

(1-6, 0-2 A-Sun)

Northwestern 84

(8-1, 5-1 home)

9:00 PM ET, December 16, 2009

Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois

1 2 T
UNF 33 2154
NW 45 3984

Top Performers

North Florida: J. Granberry 16 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

Northwestern: L. Mirkovic 13 Pts, 4 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

Northwestern 84, North Florida 54

Associated Press

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Michael Thompson scored 14 points as Northwestern won its seventh consecutive game Wednesday night, defeating North Florida 84-54.

Five other Wildcats scored in double figures besides Thompson, as Luka Mirkovic had 13 points and a career-high eight assists, Jeremy Nash and John Shurna added 11 apiece, and freshmen Drew Crawford and Alex Marcotullio each scored 10.

Northwestern (8-1) has its longest winning streak since 1993-94, when the Wildcats won nine in a row. They host Stanford on Saturday.

The balanced scoring has been evident throughout the early season for Northwestern, with four players averaging nine or more points.

Leading just 30-29 in the first half, Northwestern had a 15-2 run to grab a commanding 45-31 advantage. The Wildcats sank three three-pointers in the surge, including two by Marcotullio. Thompson had three of Northwestern's nine first-half 3s, as the Wildcats led 45-33.

Shurna scored six points and Mirkovic added five as Northwestern opened the second half by outscoring the Ospreys 14-2 for a 59-35 advantage. Seven Wildcats combined to make 14 3-pointers, following the school-record 20 set last Sunday against North Carolina A&T.

Northwestern has been running its offense of late outside the 3-point arc, taking advantage of the mobility and passing ability of the 6-foot-11 Mirkovic at center.

Jerron Granberry led North Florida (1-6) with 16 points, while Eni Cuka had 10.

The Ospreys shot 60 percent in the first half (12-for-20), but couldn't slow down the Wildcats, who made 9-of-12 3-pointers before intermission and finished 14-for-28 for the game. North Florida committed 23 turnovers to 14 for Northwestern.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 54 84
FG Made-Attempted 19-41 (.463) 30-60 (.500)
3P Made-Attempted 5-15 (.333) 14-28 (.500)
FT Made-Attempted 11-20 (.550) 10-13 (.769)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
Largest Lead 1 34

2009-10 Season

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