MADISON, Wis. - The Michigan basketball team fell to 11-4 on the season and 1-2 in the Big 10 part of the schedule with a 66-50 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers on Wednesday night at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.
Zack Novak led Michigan with 15 points and five rebounds while Darius Morris added 10 points, four assists and three rebounds. Michigan held a 28-26 lead on the Badgers, but a 13-0 second half Wisconsin run put the game out of reach.
Wisconsin got 20 points from Jordan Taylor, plus Jon Leuer and Keaton Nankivil added 17 and 13 for the Badgers. Wisconsin hit 47.4% from behind the arc and then put the game away from the free throw line.
In the first half the Wolverines built a 28-26 lead. Wisconsin turned the ball over six times in the first half. Evan Smotrycz sunk a triple at 11:54 of the half to make it 15-10 Michigan. Then Zack Novak hit back-to-back triples with 1:56 to make it 28-22.
In the second half Wisconsin surged to a 13-0 run to take jump in front for good. Jordan Taylor made a pair of three-pointers after Keaton Nankivil connected from deep. Jon Leuer free throws then put the Badgers up 43-36.
Michigan got back within four points with eight minutes left on a pair of Matt Vogrich three-pointers, but the Badgers held U-M to just six points over the games final 8:31.
With the loss the Wolverines fall to 1-2 in the Big 10. Michigan returns to action on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. with a home tilt against the Kansas Jayhawks.
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