Coming into Saturday’s game against Minnesota, senior forward John Shurna needed only 17 points to break Northwestern’s all-time scoring record, which was previously set by Billy McKinney in 1977.
He set that record with 10:48 left in the second half, totaling 1,901 points for his career.
Shurna, a four-year starter, was lightly recruited out of high school, but made an impact with the Wildcats right away, leading NU was a .466 FG percentage as a true freshman. He set the Cats’ single-season points (619) and field goals (217) records as a sophomore and was a consensus second team All-Big Ten selection. He passed the 1,000-point mark as a junior.
This season, Shurna leads the Big Ten with 20.3 points per game and is third in the nation in the same statistic. This February, he is averaging over 25 points per game. He is also the active Big Ten scoring leader.