NU's Season Ends In 76-55 Loss

Northwestern's season -- once filled with plenty of promise -- ended in a blowout loss to Washington in the second round of the National Invitational Tournament.

In a season defined by close losses, Northwestern's year ended without any late-game drama, as the Wildcats sustained a 76-55 loss to Washington in the second round of the NIT. It marked the Cats' worst loss since a 23-point defeat at Minnesota on Jan. 22.

Washington was paced by 32 points from Terrence Ross — a season high for him — and 20 points from C.J. Wilcox. Northwestern received 24 points from John Shurna, but Alex Marcotullio was the only other Wildcat to reach double digits, with 11 points.

The Huskies used their size to their advantage, out-rebounding NU 19-8 on the offensive boards and 42-24 overall. The Cats typically rely on a strong turnover differential to get them extra possessions, but they had 15 against UW, giving them just a plus-two margin for the game.

Friday's game marked the final appearance for John Shurna in a Northwestern uniform, as he leaves NU as the program's all-time leader in points and blocks in addition to guiding the Cats to four straight NIT appearances.

UW will advance to the NIT quarterfinals, where it will play the winner of Sunday's Iowa-Oregon game at home.


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