Jan. 5, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 74, Northwestern 51
Records: U-M (10-4, 2-0 Big Ten), NW (7-8, 0-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Jan. 9 -- at Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.), 8 p.m. CST (TV: ESPN2)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team picked up its fourth straight victory and opened Big Ten Conference home slate with a 74-51 win over Northwestern Sunday afternoon (Jan. 5) inside Crisler Center.
The Wolverines had three players score in double figures, led by sophomore Nik Stauskas' (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) 18 points. Stauskas added four assists and four rebounds while going 6-of-8 from the free throw line. Classmate Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) had 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor, while freshman Derrick Walton Jr. (Detroit, Mich./Chandler Park Academy) added 11 points and three rebounds. Fifth-year senior Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) and senior/junior Jon Horford (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge) both had eight rebounds, which were a game high.
Michigan led by as many as nine points in the first 20 minutes and took a 31-24 lead into the break. Northwestern went up 7-4 after a Drew Crawford three at 15:08, but back-to-back field goals from Stauskas, the latter coming off an assist on a fast break from sophomore Spike Albrecht (Crown Point, Ind./Northfield Mount Hermon [Mass.]) at 10:32, gave Michigan a 13-10 lead. That started a 17-5 run that was capped by two Morgan free throws at 3:44, giving the Maize and Blue a 26-17 advantage. A Stauskas three at 1:48 gave Michigan a 30-24 lead and his free throw with seven seconds left put U-M ahead by seven at halftime.
The Maize and Blue scored the second half's first five points -- on a Stauskas three and Robinson layup in the first 1:43. Northwestern cut the U-M lead to 39-33 at 14:09, but the Wolverines responded with a 12-2 run over the next 3:59. Eight of the 12 points came from the charity stripe, giving Michigan a 51-35 lead. Another 7-0 run, which was capped by a Horford layup at 5:31, put the Wolverines up 60-39. Junior/sophomore Max Bielfeldt's (Peoria, Ill./Peoria Notre Dame) three with 1:21 left gave the Wolverines their largest lead of the game (74-48).
U-M shot 52.1 percent from the field (25-of-48) and went 12-of-16 from the charity stripe. The Wolverines also held Northwestern to 38.8 percent from the field and 6-of-23 from three-point range. U-M outrebounded Northwestern (33-21), had 28 points in the paint and 16 off Wildcat turnovers.
Michigan heads back on the road, visiting Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb., for an 8 p.m. CST (9 p.m. EST) tipoff with Nebraska on Thursday (Jan. 9). The game will be televised on ESPN2.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423