Northwestern 84, North Florida 54

Michael Thompson scored 14 points as Northwestern won its

seventh consecutive game Wednesday night, defeating North Florida


Five other Wildcats scored in double figures besides Thompson,

as Luka Mirkovic had 13 points and a career-high eight assists,

Jeremy Nash and John Shurna added 11 apiece, and freshmen Drew

Crawford and Alex Marcotullio each scored 10.

Northwestern (8-1) has its longest winning streak since 1993-94,

when the Wildcats won nine in a row. They host Stanford on


The balanced scoring has been evident throughout the early

season for Northwestern, with four players averaging nine or more


Leading just 30-29 in the first half, Northwestern had a 15-2

run to grab a commanding 45-31 advantage. The Wildcats sank three

three-pointers in the surge, including two by Marcotullio. Thompson

had three of Northwestern’s nine first-half 3s, as the Wildcats led


Shurna scored six points and Mirkovic added five as Northwestern

opened the second half by outscoring the Ospreys 14-2 for a 59-35

advantage. Seven Wildcats combined to make 14 3-pointers, following

the school-record 20 set last Sunday against North Carolina


Northwestern has been running its offense of late outside the

3-point arc, taking advantage of the mobility and passing ability

of the 6-foot-11 Mirkovic at center.

Jerron Granberry led North Florida (1-6) with 16 points, while

Eni Cuka had 10.

The Ospreys shot 60 percent in the first half (12-for-20), but

couldn’t slow down the Wildcats, who made 9-of-12 3-pointers before

intermission and finished 14-for-28 for the game. North Florida

committed 23 turnovers to 14 for Northwestern.