Shurna scores 25 to lead Northwestern in NITWednesday, Mar 16, 2011
The Wildcats (19-13) took command with an 18-0 first half run and opened a 38-26 lead by halftime.
“As a team we kept our composure, we kept moving the ball around,” Thompson said. “There were points in time that me and Johnny were just the ones that were open and Luka (Mirkovic) found both of us. He did a good job of moving the ball.”
The Wildcats cruised through much of the second half before the Panthers hit three straight 3-pointers to make it 62-56 with 5:06 to play. Northwestern replied with two of its own to make it 68-56.
Michael Thompson scored 20 points and Alex Marcotullio had 13 for Northwestern.
Meier led the Panthers (19-14) with 19 points. Anthony Hill and Kaylon Williams each had 11.
“We probably played one of the most difficult teams and had the shortest time to prepare for,” Panthers coach Rob Jeter said. “Their 1-3-1 and their offensive things really puts a lot of stress on you as a team because it’s so not typical of what you see every day.”
Northwestern is in its third straight NIT. Milwaukee made its second appearance in the tournament, thanks to its regular season Horizon League title.