Powered by a strong performance on offense, the Northwestern Wildcats defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 76-60 on Tuesday night as the Big Ten/ACC Challenge gets started. Northwestern has now won six consecutive games to begin the season, another impressive start for the team, which actually started last year 8-0 before losing 14 of its final 26 games to finish at 20-14 after getting knocked out of the NIT tournament.
They did a great job against Georgia Tech on Tuesday night, though, shooting 55.4 percent from the field while limiting the Yellow Jackets to making only 42.6 percent of their shots from the field. The Wildcats were led by guard John Shurna, who scored 25 points on 10-for-18 shooting in addition to having 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks and 2 assists. Drew Crawford and Luke Mirocic were also in double-figures for Northwestern, scoring 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Georgia Tech didn't really have much of a chance for most of the second half, as they trailed by ten points or more for the final 11 minutes of the game. Guard Jason Morris led the way for them, scoring 21 points on 6-for-11 shooting. Glen Rice Jr., Mfon Udofia and Daniel Miller all scored in the double-digits for Georgia Tech, as well.
Northwestern moves to 6-0 on the season, and they face Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 2 before a big match-up against Baylor, currently No. 8 in the nation, on Dec. 4. Georgia Tech moves to 4-3 on the season, and they face Tulane on Dec. 3 in their next game.