EVANSTON, Ill. - A dominating but balanced performance that saw the Northwestern Wildcats finish with four players scoring at least 12 points helped pace the Wildcats as the Maize and Blue dropped a 67-52 decision to Northwestern on Tuesday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Michigan got 11 from Manny Harris, but just four from senior forward DeShawn Sims. Freshman point guard Darius Morris added 11 for the U-M as well. As a team the Wolverines shot just 32.7% from the floor and 28.6% from behind the arc.
Over the opening six minutes of the contest the teams battled to a 7-7 draw. Forward DeShawn Sims scored all four of his points in the first six minutes, and Stu Douglass added a three-pointer with 14:57 left in the period to knot the score.
The Wildcats answered Michigan's points with a 17-7 run over the following five minutes to earn a 24-17 lead. Drew Crawford, Jeremy Nash, John Shurna and Michael Thompson all connected from deep as Northwestern hit five consecutive three-pointers, meanwhile Michigan got just four points from Manny Harris and three each from Darius Morris and Douglass.
Michigan climbed back on top 26-24 following the run with three straight triples of its own, two by Laval Lucas-Perry and one by Morris, but that was the last U-M lead. NU rallied over the final minutes of the half to take a 35-30 lead into the break.
In the second half the Maize and Blue started the stanza ice cold from the floor netting just five points over the first 13 minutes. The Wildcats, meanwhile, surged to a commanding 21-point lead at 58-37. Jon Shurna and Drew Crawford combined to do most damage, the pair combining to score 17 points.
Michigan pulled within 15 points at the free throw line in the final moments, but got no closer.
With the loss the Wolverines fall to 11-11 on the season and just 4-6 in Big 10 action. Michigan returns to action on Saturday afternoon at Crisler Arena in a 4:00 start against the Wisconsin Badgers.
Wildcats Sweep U-M 67-52
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