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Northwestern Beats Texas-Pan American, 60-36

Northwestern cruised to victory in its season-opener against Texas-Pan American.

There wasn't a lot of offense involved in the Northwestern Wildcats' first regular season game, but they got more than enough scoring to handle an over-matched Texas-Pan American team. Although the Wildcats were just 5-22 from three-point range, they played very good defense all night and kept Texas-Pan American well out of reach. The visiting Broncs managed to shoot just 31.8% overall and missed 19 of 22 three-point attempts.

Northwestern's John Shurna scored a game-high 15 points en route to the win. Unofficially, Luka Mirkovic added 12 points on 5-10 shooting, while Drew Crawford scored 11 points on 3-7 shooting.

Brandon Provost and Jared Maree led the way for Texas-Pan American with 12 points apiece.

Next up for the Wildcats is a trip to South Carolina for the Charleston Classic, which begins on Thursday Nov. 17. Northwestern begins that tournament with a game against Louisiana State.

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