|#2 Michigan (14-0)||51||43||94|
Michigan hit the road for just the second true road game of the season on Thursday night and it felt right at home. With a strong alumni contingent on hand in Welsh-Ryan Arena, Michigan dominated Northwestern from the opening tip, using a 20-4 lead to start the game en route to a 94-66 win.
Michigan scored the first 10 points of the game, prompting a Northwestern time out. The Wildcats finally got on the board, but Michigan widened the lead to 20-4 thanks to 13 straight points by Trey Burke and some help from Glenn Robinson III and a pair of free throws by Mitch McGary.
After five straight NW points, Nik Stauskas made a layup and a three to give Michigan a 25-9 lead and the Wildcats called another timeout. The teams traded baskets and Tim Hardaway Jr decided to get in on the action with back-to-back threes, prompting NW’s third timeout in the first 10 minutes. Five minutes later, Hardaway hit back-to-back threes once again and Michigan took a 51-30 lead into the locker room.
The Wolverines stayed hot in the second half, starting with a 12-6 run to open up a 63-36 lead, and cruised the rest of the way to the 28-point victory.
Michigan shot 59.6 percent from the field, hit 13-of-22 three-point attempts, and out-rebounded Northwestern 41-25.
Burke led the way with 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting. He hit 4-of-6 three-point attempts and also contributed five assists and four rebounds. Hardaway added 21 points, hitting 4-of-5 from downtown, while Jordan Morgan recorded a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Robinson and Stauskas scored 10 apiece to give all five starters double figures. Caris LeVert hit both threes he attempted to be the leading scorer of the bench, while Mitch McGary contributed four points and eight rebounds.
Michigan returns to action on Sunday to face Iowa (11-3) in the Crisler Center at noon. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
|Final Game Stats|
|01||Glenn Robinson III*||4-4||0-0||2-3||1||4||5||1||10||2||2||0||2||29|
|10||Tim Hardaway Jr.*||6-8||4-5||5-6||0||1||1||2||21||4||2||0||0||31|