Early Northwestern Lead Sinks U-M Hoopsters

<p>Michigan dug itself an early hole, falling behind by more than twenty points in the opening moments of the game. The Wolverines fought back, twice cutting the deficit to 10 points, but <strong>lost to the Northwestern Wildcats 69-53</strong>.</p>

The Michigan Wolverines traveled to Evanston this weekend looking to build on their streak snapping win against Penn State Wednesday night. That plan, though, was neutralized very early by the Northwestern Wildcats.

Bill Carmody’s club opened the game with 24-2 run, which was sparked by five three pointers (including two by Michael Jenkins). The home team expanded their lead to 24 points before the Wolverines finally answered with a 15-3 run, (seven of which were scored by Ronald Coleman), to cut the lead to 10 with two minutes remaining in the half. The Maize and Blue attempted to trim the lead even further, but a late three pointer sent the Wildcats into the locker room with a 36-23 lead.

Coming out of the break, Northwestern picked up right where they left off, getting a three pointer from Vince Scott. The Wolverines kept pace, though, getting three points apiece from Sherrod Harrell and Dion Harris to cut the lead back to 10 , (39-29) with 16:29 left in the game. But the Wildcats slammed the door again.

Northwestern’s next four field goals were all three-pointers, helping the home team build their lead back up to 18 points. That proved too much for the Wolverines to come back from, as the Wildcats cruised to the 69-53 victory.

“Obviously you can't spot anyone any points for us, and obviously that wide of a margin was just too much of a margin for us to overcome,” Tommy Amaker said after the game. “I'm very disappointed in that, because coming in after a win against Penn State we were feeling pretty good about ourselves. And we should have been, the way we competed and played. I thought we were going to have that same kind of energy and effort, and you can see how fragile things can be, and certainly we didn't have the fire power to overcome it."

Dion Harris led the Wolverines with 12 points, while Vedran Vukusic led the Wildcats with 26 on 11/13 shooting and 4/5 from three-point range. Northwestern was 12/22 from behind the arc on the game. For the entire boxscore, click here.

The Wolverines will look to end the season on a more positive note when they face the Iowa Hawkeyes at Crisler Arena next Saturday.

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