Michigan Opens Big Ten with Easy Win

Michigan cruised to a 78-54 win over Northwestern at Crisler Arena tonight (Wednesday).

The first half was all Michigan, and the second half was just a matter of coasting home. Northwestern never led.

The first half was marked by two streaks by Michigan. The first came at the 15 minute mark with the score 9-8. Led by 4 points from Bernard Robinson Jr. and 5 by Lester Abram, Michigan outscored the Wildcats 12-3 over the next three minutes to lead 21-11. The Wolverines' next run came at the 8:50 mark with the score at 26-20. Michigan went on a 15-4 tear, lead by 5 points by Abram, 4 by Robinson, and 6 by Dion Harris ... and with 1:20 in the half it was 43-24. At the half it was 45-26 Michigan.

Michigan went to the rim a lot and was scorching hot in the opening stanza, shooting 16 of 21 for 76%, including 5 of 8 on three-pointers. Abram had 19 points including 3 triples, Robinson 12 (6-8, and 5 assists), amd Harris 8 (including 2 triples). Daniel Horton started but didn't play much as he got two fouls. Michigan also outrebounded Northwestern 13-5. Defensively the Wolverines effectively mixed man defense with a couple different zones.

In the second half it was, simply, more of the same. Michigan shot 55.6% for the second stanza, and cruised to a 78-54 victory.

Bernard Robinson was player of the game with 18 points on 9-11 shooting, plus 7 assists and 2 steals. Lester Abram finished as leading scorer with 27 points on 7-8 shooting (3-4 from beyond the arc) and 10 of 10 from the line; he had a team high 7 rebounds as well. Dion Harris added 13 points

Daniel Horton picked up his third foul at the 17:25 mark and was not a factor scoreing wise (2 points) but added 2 steals and 2 assists.

For the game Michigan outrebounded Northwestern 29-18.

The one sore spot for Michigan, if there was one -- 18 turnovers.

Michigan is now 10-2 on the season, 1-0 in Big Ten play. Their next game is 4:30 PM (EST) Sunday versus Indiana (6-6, 0-1) at Crisler Arena (CBS TV).

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