Fast Start Allows Wolverines to Storm Past Northwestern
Jon Horford

Jan. 30, 2013

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• Postgame Audio: Beilein Presser | Radio | Jon Horford | Trey Burke

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #1 Michigan 68, Northwestern 46
Records: U-M (20-1, 7-1 Big Ten), Northwestern (12-10, 3-6 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 2 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), 9 p.m. (TV: ESPN)

• Postgame Feature: Burke Continues Record-Setting Season

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Behind a 61-percent first-half shooting mark and four players finishing in double-digit scoring, the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 1 AP, No. 2 ESPN/USA Today) raced past Northwestern, 68-46, on Wednesday night (Jan. 30) inside Crisler Center.

The Wolverines shot 25-of-49 (51 percent) from the floor in the game, including 6-of-15 (40 percent) from behind the arc while holding the Wildcats to 19-of-51 (37 percent) from the field. Fourteen of U-M's 25 field goals were assisted, and exactly half (34-of-68) the Wolverines' points were scored in the paint.

Sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) led the team with 18 points and eight assists, while junior/sophomore forward Jon Horford (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge) finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. Freshman guards Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) and Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) rounded out the double-digit scorers for U-M with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Michigan went 10-of-11 (91 percent) from the field, including a perfect 3-for-3 effort from behind the arc, over the first 10 minutes of the game. A layup by freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesteron, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) at the 13:20 mark started a 8-0 run. On the other end of the floor, junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) picked up a steal and passed it off to Burke, who in turn found Robinson at the rim for an alley-oop. Burke knocked down two more of his own to put Michigan up, 23-11, before Northwestern responded, scoring five straight points.

Then, McGary dove to save the ball at the end line with a little more than five minutes to play in the half. Burke picked up the save and dished it to Hardaway, who converted the first of two three-point field goals for the Wolverines in 35 seconds; Stauskas knocked one down on U-M's next possession to push the advantage to 14 (32-18). The game featured even play into the half, and Michigan entered the locker room with the 36-21 edge.

The Maize and Blue went cold to start the second half, going 1-for-10 (10 percent) from the floor in the first seven minutes of the frame, allowing Northwestern to cut its deficit to 41-31. However, a two-handed slam by Stauskas followed directly by an old-fashioned three-point play by Horford gave Michigan the 50-33 lead with 9:54 on the clock. U-M outscored the Wildcats by six over the final seven minutes of the game to push its advantage to 22 as the clock ran out.

The Wolverines will hit the road again on Saturday (Feb. 2) when they travel to Bloomington to play Indiana, currently ranked No. 3. Tipoff is slated for 9 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPN. ESPN's College GameDay will broadcast from Indiana Saturday on ESPNU from 10-11 a.m. and on ESPN from 11 a.m.-noon and 8-9 p.m.

Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423

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