Drew Crawford scored 28 points on 11-19 shooting (unofficially), John Shurna scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds, and the Northwestern Wildcats edged the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, 69-65, in the semifinal round of the Charleston Classic on Friday.
It was a tenuous game throughout the second half, with Northwestern holding a one or two possession lead for the majority of that time. Tulsa pulled to within two points following a three-pointer with about 1:18 left in regulation, and the Wildcats had their issues at the free throw line in the final minute, but Tulsa came up empty on several last-minute offensive possessions and was unable to draw any closer. Northwestern re-gained a two-possession lead with 28 seconds remaining and that proved more than enough.
Northwestern will play the winner of Friday's Seton Hall-St. Joseph's game in the championship game of the Charleston Classic. That game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT on Sunday, Nov. 20. It will be televised by ESPNU.
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