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Northwestern tops Iowa State 67-65 in title game

Nov 29, 2009 - 3:47 AM CHICAGO(AP) -- John Shurna scored 23 points and Michael Thompson added 16 as Northwestern defeated Iowa State 67-65 Saturday night in the championship game of Chicago Invitational Tournament.

Shurna, a sophomore, outperformed preseason All-American candidate Craig Brackins and Notre Dame's Luke Harangody to win the invitational's MVP award.

Craig Brackins and Lucca Staiger each had 18 points for Iowa State (6-1).

Northwestern (5-1) went on an 11-3 run early in the second half to erase a 48-40 deficit. Shurna had back-to-back baskets in the span and Thompson made a 3 to tie the score at 51 with 10:53 left.

The Wildcats built a 63-56 lead with 3:09 left before the Cyclones scored five straight points to close within 63-61 with 1:34 left. Jeremy Nash made a pair of free throws to extend the Northwestern lead to 65-61 with 21.3 left, and the Wildcats held on to close out the win.