Scores

Final

Cent Conn St 54

(3-6, 1-1 NEC)

Northwestern 74

(10-1, 7-1 home)

    8:00 PM ET, December 22, 2009

    Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois

    1 2 T
    CCSU 22 3254
    NW 34 4074

    Top Performers

    Central Connecticut State: R. Ptacek 22 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast

    Northwestern: J. Shurna 29 Pts, 6 Reb

    Northwestern 74, Cent. Connecticut St. 54

    Associated Press

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- John Shurna scored a career-high 29 points as Northwestern defeated Central Connecticut State 74-54 Tuesday night for its ninth straight victory and its best start in 79 years.

    The last time the Wildcats (10-1) won 10 of their first 11 games was also the last time they won an outright Big Ten championship -- 1930-31. The winning streak is their longest since they went 9-0 to open the 1993-94 season, and they then lost their first nine conference games.

    Northwestern, which hasn't finished as high as fourth place or had a winning record in the Big Ten since 1968, starts conference play Dec. 30 at Illinois.

    Drew Crawford scored 15 and Michael Thompson 14 for the Wildcats.

    Robby Ptacek scored 22 points for Central Connecticut State (3-6), which has played only one home game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    CCSU
    NW
    Points 54 74
    FG Made-Attempted 19-53 (.358) 27-51 (.529)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-14 (.214) 5-22 (.227)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-17 (.765) 15-21 (.714)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 22

    2009-10 Season

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