Feb. 8, 2012
Site: Lincoln, Neb. (Devaney Center)
Score: #22 Michigan 62, Nebraska 46
Records: U-M (18-7; 8-4 Big Ten), Nebraska (11-12; 3-9 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 12 -- vs. Illinois (Crisler Center), 1 p.m. (TV: CBS)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Senior guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) scored a game-high 14 points to become the 28th 1,000-point/500-rebound player in program history, helping the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 22 AP/No. 25 ESPN/USA Today) roll over Nebraska, 62-46, in their first-ever conference matchup on Wednesday night (Feb. 8) at the Devaney Center.
The Wolverines converted an impressive 24-of-46 (52 percent) from the floor, including 11-of-24 (46 percent) from behind the arc, in the game while holding the Cornhuskers to 18-of-46 (39 percent) from the field.
Meanwhile, senior guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) netted 13 points and freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 points to go with a team-high seven assists.
After holding a seven-point advantage out of the locker room, Michigan went on its first of two game-changing runs in the second half (10-0) push its lead to 15 (32-17) at the 15:10 mark. The teams then exchanged baskets over the next seven minutes of the game, until the Wolverines went on another 16-6 run, highlighted by three triples by junior guard Matt Vogrich (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest), to give U-M its largest lead of the game (59-33) with three and a half to play. In the final minutes of the game, Nebraska used a 13-3 run of its own to cut U-M's lead down to 16 before the final buzzer.
The Wolverines were hot behind the arc out of the gate in the first half as Novak made his first two attempts of the game on back-to-back three-pointers, followed by another triple by Douglass, to lead Michigan to a 9-2 lead in a little less than three minutes of play. However, offensive struggles then began for both teams, as the next field goal of the game did not come until Novak hit a contested jumper at the 11:36 mark.
After going 1-of-13 from the floor, the Cornhuskers then went on an 11-5 run to get cut U-M's lead to one, 16-15. However, Michigan's defense forced Nebraska to six straight misses and entered the halftime break with a 22-15 edge. The Wolverines held Nebraska to just 5-of-23 (22 percent) from the floor and 0-for-10 (0 percent) from behind the arc in the half.
The Wolverines will return to Ann Arbor on Sunday (Feb. 12) for their first matchup against Illinois. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on CBS.
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