The game was won in the paint for the Wolverines. Michigan scored 40 of their 75 points in the paint, and out-rebounded the Wildcats by 13. Jordan Morgan dominated both Luka Mirkovic and Davide Curletti. The two Wildcat big men finished with a combined nine points in 40 total minutes on the court.
Midway through the first half, Michigan took command of the game. The Wolverines finished the half on a 22-7 run, taking a 15-point lead into the locker room.
Northwestern's appeared to be in big trouble with their point guard, Michael ‘Juice' Thompson at zero points. But Thompson came out strong to start the half. The senior scored seven-straight points, bringing the margin down to eight. However, Michigan would respond and control the game for most of the second half.
But with five minutes remaining in the game, the Wildcats would find their spark. Michigan native Alex Marcotullio drilled a three, cutting the deficit to 12. The run would continue on three-straight three-pointers from Juice Thompson, Drew Crawford, and JerShon Cobb. After Cobb's three, the freshman guard stole an inbound pass and scored a quick layup. Northwestern had a 14-0 run, cutting the score to 67-66.
However, Michigan would close out the game with eight-straight points, capping off their win.
Northwestern takes the court next on Saturday, when they take on Penn State. Tipoff is set for 2:30 CT from Bryce-Jordan Arena.