Wildcats students create a 'Shurnout'

EVANSTON, Ill. –- Northwestern Wildcats student section paid homage to Wildcats senior forward John Shurna, who recently set the school’s career scoring record, by participating in a "Shurnout” for Tuesday’s game against Michigan Wolverines.

Divided on each baseline bleachers, 600 students in Northwestern’s “Wildside” wore purple t-shirts with Shurna’s No. 24 and his name on their back.

Shurna broke the school’s career record during Saturday’s game over Minnesota Golden Gophers. Shurna scored 18 points in the win to give him a total of 1,902 career points, breaking Billy McKinney’s record of 1,900 points.

“A lot of people do whiteouts, they do blackouts, do purpleouts, you name it,” Northwestern director of marketing Shawn Sullivan said. “You got this player who is unique in his own right, one of the best in the country. We wanted to catapult off his record-setting performance on Saturday.”

Wildside president Alex Wilcox pulled off the historic scoring number on the “Shurna O-Meter” when Shurna set the record on Saturday and was prepared to lead another celebration against Michigan.

“We’re really proud of John,” said Wilcox, a Northwestern junior. “We wanted to do something to really celebrate John. We had a blackout earlier against Michigan State Spartans that worked out really well. We’re hoping Shurnout will have a similar effect against Michigan.”