Wildcats Win Charleston Classic

Northwestern ran the table in South Carolina, taking home the Charleston Classic championship, capping off the tournament with a 80-73 win over the Seton Hall Pirates.

Northwestern rode yet another solid shooting performance to win the Charleston Classic Sunday night, defeating Seton Hall 80-73.

Drew Crawford led the Wildcats with 27 points, while John Shurna added 19 points and a team-high seven rebounds. The win moves the Wildcats to 4-0 on the season, including wins against LSU and Tulsa in the Charleston Classic.

It was a game full of ups and downs for the Cats, who started off in a dogfight, but eventually pulled away to lead by 10 at halftime. They extended their lead to 12 in the second half, before a 15-0 run gave the Pirates a 57-54 lead.

NU battled back, however, and used a small run at the end of the game to pull away.

The Cats shot very well in the first half, but ended the game shooting 54.9-percent from the floor and 31.8-percent from three. Seton Hall didn't shoot well from deep in the first half, but used some big shots from beyond the arc to get back into the game.

While NU's offense relied mainly on outside shooting once again, it found an inside presence that was missing in the previous two games of the tournament. Center Luka Mirkovic had 12 points in possibly his best performance so far, and Shurna and Crawford found success driving the lane.

Crawford was particularly impressive, scoring 27 points—20 in the first half—and making some tough shots outside.

Overmatched weight-wise, the Cats turned to a 1-3-1 zone, disrupting Seton Hall's ability to drive the lane and ultimately taking away its inside presence. That forced the Pirates to shoot outside.

In addition to solid offensive production, Shurna was impressive on defense, coming away with seven rebounds and four blocked shots.

NU was also 17-of-19 from the free-throw line, which helped close the game out down the stretch, thanks to Seton Hall's 19 fouls.

The Cats come home to face Stony Brook this Friday, before traveling to Georgia Tech for the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

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