Michigan knocks off Northwestern

Northwestern Michigan BasketballMichigan picked up a much needed win on Saturday night defeating Northwestern 68-59 at Crisler Arena. Besides snapping a 3 game losing streak the win was John Beilein’s 500th NCAA win, congratulations to Coach Beilein.

DeShawn Sims got Michigan going early by scoring the first 9 points for the Wolverines. With 14:12 left to play in the first half Kelvin Grady knocked down a triple and gave Michigan a 14-11 lead and they would not surrender that lead the rest of the game. Moments later Grady followed that up with another triple. Michigan cruised into halftime with a 33-24 lead.

Laval Lucas-Perry started things off for Michigan in the second half by draining a three pointer and on Michigan’s next possession LL Cool P dropped a dime on Kelvin Grady, who tripled to put Michigan up by 10 points.

The Wildcats had sliced the Michigan lead to 4 points at 41-37 with 15:00 left in the game. Stu Douglass responded by knocking down back to back triples. Douglass continued his fine play of late by scoring a lay up on a fast break and on Michigan’s next possession he feed Zack Novak who drilled a three pointer that put Michigan up by 13 points. Zack Gibson scored Michigan’s final field goal of the game with 8:43 left in the half. Northwestern was unable to take advantage of that and was not able to cut into the lead. Meanwhile the Wolverines shot 12-15 on free throws down the stretch to ice the game.

Michigan featured a balanced scoring attack with 6 players scoring at least 7 points. Sims led Michigan with 15 points, 7 boards, and 2 blocks. Manny Harris struggled to score for the second game in a row but he did finish with a nice stat line, 8 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks. Zack Novak scored 7 points to go along with 7 boards and 2 assists. 

Inside the numbers: Michigan hammered Northwestern on the boards 40-20. Michigan had an outstanding 18 assists on 22 field goals and only turned the ball over 8 times. Michigan’s bench out scored Northwestern’s bench 22-6. 

The road to 21 wins: With the win Michigan improves to 14-6 (4-4). This was a must win according to my projections. Next up for Michigan is back to back road games, at Ohio State and at Purdue. To keep pace Michigan will need to steal a win at one of those tough road venues.

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4 Responses to Michigan knocks off Northwestern

  1. 9er says:

    “LL Cool P” and “dropped a dime”!
    Getting some funk in your writing. I like it.
    Man did this win feel good. Much needed. Their next 5 games are going to be tough. I hope we’re still treading water in 2 weeks.

  2. michiganbasketball says:

    They have a really tough stretch coming up with 3 ranked teams in the next 5 games.
    I’m trying to diversify my writing, thanks to your suggestions.

  3. 8ball says:

    Nice win, to stop the bleeding. There is life left in this team and I think they will find a way to win the next two. Are Glen Rice and T. Mills available for this next stretch of road games?

  4. Snake says:

    These next 5 games are killer. Best case scenario, they go 2-3 and sit at 16-9 going into the stretch. Then the Big Ten schedule is murder…..Must wins @ Evanston and @ Iowa City become necessary because closing the season at Madison and at Minnesota are going to be tough ones. The selection committee will be looking at the final 10 games (among other things) to see how hot this team is so they need to get things in order.

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