Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 2/18/12

John Shurna, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, came in averaging 25.6 points per game over the last five contests. With his 16th point tonight versus the Minnesota Golden Gophers, he is now the leading scorer in Northwestern history.

Earlier this month he surpassed third-place-on-the-list Evan Eschmeyer, and every mention of Northwestern basketball history usually requires a mention of Evan Eschmeyer as people often joke about how it seems like he was in Evanston forever with 6 years or eligibility.

Eschmeyer is the new #3, Billy McKinney with 1,900 career points is the new #2. McKinney played in in 21 fewer games than Shurna, and he didn’t have the advantage of the three-point line, which accounts for 246 of Shurna’s points.

Shurna scored a school single-season record 619 points as a sophomore and 531 points last season as a junior. He is the active Big Ten career leader with 40 games of scoring 20 or more points. Shurna has scored at least 30 points in a game three times this season, the most by a Northwestern player since
Eschmeyer posted at least 30 points five times during the 1997-98 campaign.

Here’s where Shurna ranks among current scoring leaders of power conferences:

1. Terrell Stoglin, Maryland 21.7
2. Kevin Jones, West Virginia 20.4
3. John Shurna, Northwestern 20.3
4. John Jenkins, Vanderbilt 19.8

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