Novak Pilots Wolverines to Rout of Minnesota
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 74, Minnesota 62
Records: U-M (17-10, 7-7 Big Ten), Minnesota (19-7, 7-7 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 22 -- at Iowa (Carver Hawkeye Arena), 4 p.m. CST

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team claimed an important Big Ten Conference victory on Thursday night (Feb. 19), defeating Minnesota, 74-62, at Crisler Arena. The Wolverines boasted four double-digit scorers in the contest, shot 46 percent from the field and owned a 21-8 assist-to-turnover ratio en route to the 12-point home victory.

Two U-M freshmen -- guards Zack Novak(Chesterton, Ind./ Chesterton HS) and Stu Douglass(Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS) -- combined for 30 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the contest. Novak contributed a game-best 18 points off of a career-high six three-pointers, six rebounds and two assists, while Douglass registered 12 points, one rebound and three assists.

Midway through the first half, Michigan possessed an 18-14 edge thanks to 12 points from Novak. The 6-5, 210-pounder drained 4-of-5 long-range attempts -- including a pair of back-to-back conversions -- in the opening 10 minutes to establish the early lead.

The Wolverines ignited a 12-2 run to expand the team's advantage to 12 points, 30-18, with less than five minutes to play in the first half. The surge featured four unique scorers and was capped by sophomore guard Kelvin Grady(Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids HS), who netted an open outside look at the top of the key on his first shot of the game. Sophomore guard Manny Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford HS) led all scorers with four points during the stretch and finished the bout with eight points, six rebounds and two assists.

U-M entered the intermission with its largest lead of the first stanza, 40-25, after closing the half on a 10-2 burst, bookended by triples from Douglass and junior forward DeShawn Sims (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Pershing HS). Douglass added five points during the streak and eight points in the first half, while Sims posted seven points and tied for a game-best three rebounds heading into the break. Sims finished the game with 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

Extending its upper hand to as many as 22 points, 58-36, Michigan continued to set the pace for the remainder of the competition. For the entirety of the second half, the Gophers could not break within 12 points of the Wolverines' lead. Grady recorded a team-best nine points in the second half to close the day with 12 points and three assists.

The Wolverines travel to face Big Ten opponent Iowa on Sunday (Feb. 22) at Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. CST and will be aired on the Big Ten Network.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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