Not to mention it ended the biggest win streak that prominent
Also, last year’s meetings were an OT defeat in East Lansing and a one possession final score in Evanston.
Maybe it was the all black uniforms.
They looked a lot cooler and menacing than in college football.
The halftime numbers truly fore-casted this upset. At intermission, you had to be really optimistic if you were a Northwestern fan. Michigan State was shooting 65% field goal, 71% from 3. Versus NU going 46% field goal shooting and 50% from 3. Yet it was the Cats who held a 2 point lead.
So what made the difference for the Cats today, and how do they build on this going forward?
“I thought we executed better offensively, I haven’t been displeased with our defense, but tonight I thought we improved with that,” NU Coach Bill Carmody said.
Also, the Cats made a major move in the starting lineup. Actually, they did it at #13 Michigan Wednesday night, when they led the entire regulation period before losing it in overtime. Today, the Cats were able to close.
“I really thought today, we were hitting on all cylinders,” said Curletti who finished with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Curletti’s coach, Bill Carmody referred to him as the “Energizer Bunny” and he proved to be the spark the Cats needed.
Northwestern junior three Drew Crawford overcame the stomach flu to score 20 points, while senior John Shurna led the game with 22. He surpassed Juice Thompson to become the third leading scorer in school history.
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