Lots of cliches applied in this college basketball game “tale of two halves,” “halftime adjustments” “wining ugly” “blue-collar” I could go on and on, but I’ve tortured you enough already.
In the battle to be “Chicago’s Big Ten team” Illinois defeated Northwestern 57-56 in the same manner they won this year’s college football meeting- starting slow, having to come back in the second half, and then make sure they didn’t give it all away at the end.
Northwestern’s John Shurna had 17 points on 7-10 shooting at the half. NU led 36-31 at the break; with the Illini closing the opening 20 minutes on a 5-0 “run.”
In a game like this, 5 points honestly is a “run.” In the second half though, Illinois figured out how to guard him and Shurna went just 1-7 in the second half; finishing with 20.
“I missed shots. It’s on me,” Shurna told the media afterward.
Illini Center Meyers Leonard had just one field goal attempt and three points in the first half, but finished with a near