Missed Opportunity

Northwestern's hopes of making their first-ever tournament in program history took a huge hit on Wednesday, when the Wildcats fell to Michigan 75-66.

The Wildcats had no answer for Michigan forward Jordan Morgan. The freshman forward finished with 27 points on 11-13 from the field. The Wolverines also received a big contribution from Tim Hardaway Jr., who finished with 17 points, and Darius Morris, who finished 11 points.

Leading the way for Northwestern was Michael Thompson, who finished with 17 points, all coming in the second half. Drew Crawford and Jershon Cobb also pitched in with double-figure scoring.

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.

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