With its 68-51 victory over Northwestern, Michigan improved its record to 12-3 overall including a 2-2 mark in Big Ten play.
Michigan and Northwestern squared off for the 150th time. Following their victory, the Wolverines are 98-52 all-time against the Wildcats.
U-M shot over 60 percent from the field for the fifth time this season, connecting on 30-of-46 shots for 65.2 percent. Michigan also shot over 60 percent against Central Michigan (Nov. 18, 60.4 percent), Delaware State (Dec. 7, 60.0 percent), Miami (Ohio) (Dec. 22, 64.3 percent) and Coppin State (Dec. 28, 60.8 percent).
The Wolverines handed out 21 assists in tonight's 68-51 victory over Northwestern. It marks the third time U-M has posted 20-plus assists in a game. Michigan also had 21 assists against Central Michigan (Nov. 18) and a season-high 26 helpers against Coppin State (Dec. 28).
Michigan has had at least two players score in double digits in all 15 games this season. Against the Wildcats, Lester Abram led Michigan with 20 points while Dion Harris added 15.
U-M received 24 points from its bench in the victory over Northwestern on a combined 11-of-13 shooting by the reserves. Chris Hunter and Ron Coleman each scored eight points off the bench followed by Brent Petway with six and Jerret Smith with two.
Lester Abram scored a game-high 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field to record the sixth 20-plus point game of his career. The last time Abram faced Northwestern at Crisler Arena (1/7/04), he scored a career-high 27 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the floor and a perfect 10-of-10 shooting from the free-throw line.
With 20 points, Lester Abram surpassed the 900-point mark in his career and now has 908 points in his career. Abram needs just 92 points to become the 40th member of U-M's 1,000-point club.
Lester Abram handed out four assists to eclipse the 100-assist mark in his career. Abram entered the game with 98 assists and now has 102 for his career.
Lester Abram tied a career high with nine field goals against the Wildcats. Abram also connected on nine shots from the floor against Central Michigan on Dec. 20, 2003.
Graham Brown became the 34th member of U-M's 500-point/500-rebound club after pulling down seven rebounds against Northwestern. Brown entered the game just one rebound shy of joining the prestigious club and now has 525 career points and 506 career rebounds.
Graham Brown tied a career high with three steals against Northwestern. Brown had hit the three-steal mark five previous times.
Daniel Horton recorded a pair of steals to become the sixth player in U-M history to amass over 150 steals in his career. Horton entered the game with 149 swipes and passed Rumeal Robinson (1988-90) to move into fifth on U-M's all-time list with 151 steals.
Dion Harris and Courtney Sims each played in his 80th straight game for the Wolverines, earning 55 and 72 career starts respectively. Ron Coleman has also played in 46 consecutive games, appearing in every game in his U-M career.
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