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Michigan 78, Northwestern 54

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Lester Abram scored a career-high 27
points to lead Michigan to a 78-54 victory over Northwestern in
Wednesday night's Big Ten Conference opener for both teams.

Northwestern (0-1, 5-7) has lost four in a row -- the longest
losing streak in Coach Bill Carmody's four seasons with the
Wildcats. The game was Carmody's 100th with Northwestern with a
ratio of 44-56.

The Wolverines (1-0, 10-2) are 57-30 in conference openers.

The game featured the Big Ten's top two active scorers:
Michigan's Bernard Robinson Jr. and Northwestern's Jitim Young.
Robinson finished with 18 points, and Young led the Wildcats with
20 points. Abram collected 19 of his points in the first half.

Michigan, which never trailed, broke the game open with a 22-9
run during the final 9:39 of the first half that built a 45-26
lead.

Northwestern opened the second half with a 15-8 run to cut the
deficit to 53-41 with 12:43 remaining, but the Wildcats could get
no closer than 14 points the rest of the game.

The Wolverines bettered their season scoring average of 70
points a game. Northwestern came into the game averaging 64.5
points a game.

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