John Shurna, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, came in averaging 25.6 points per game over the last five contests. With his 16th, 17th and 18th point tonight versus the Minnesota Golden Gophers, he is now the all-time leading scorer in Northwestern history.
He got it done on a three from the top of the key in the middle of the second half.
You can see from the pic below how the NU student section celebrated:
During a timeout, the NU public-address announcer commended Shurna. Willie the Wildcat stomped on the floor holding a giant cutout photo of Shurna’s face. The student section held up “24” signifying his uniform number; and more versions of his head. And the students chanted: “JOHNN-Y SHUR-NA!”
“We have great fan support, we’ve had that all year,” Shurna said after the game.
Earlier this month he surpassed third-place-on-the-list Evan Eschmeyer, and every mention of Northwestern basketball history usually requires a mention of Evan Eschmeyer as people often joke about how it seems like he was in Evanston forever with 6 years or eligibility.
Eschmeyer is the new #3, Billy McKinney with 1,900 career points is the new #2. McKinney played in in 21 fewer games than Shurna, and he didn’t have the advantage of the three-point line, which accounts for 246 of Shurna’s points.
NU Coach Bill Carmody described McKinney in the postgame press conference: “He’s a humble guy, and John is a lot like that too.”
Shurna scored a school single-season record 619 points as a sophomore and 531 points last season as a junior. He is the active Big Ten career leader with 40 games of scoring 20 or more points. Shurna has scored at least 30 points in a game three times this season, the most by a Northwestern player since
Eschmeyer posted at least 30 points five times during the 1997-98 campaign.
Here’s where Shurna ranks among current scoring leaders of power conferences:
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