ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Daniel Horton scored a season-high 24
points to lead the Michigan Wolverines past Northwestern 71-61
Wednesday night for their fifth straight win.
Courtney Sims and Dion Harris each scored 17 for Michigan (11-5,
2-0 Big Ten).Vedran Vukusic had 22 points for the Wildcats (8-7, 1-2). T.J.
Parker tied his season high with 18 points and Michael Thompson
added 12 for Northwestern, which has dropped two straight after
winning seven of eight.The Wolverines never trailed, but didn't have command of the
game until scoring six straight points to take a 67-58 lead with
1:52 left.Michigan's Graham Brown (hernia surgery) played for the first
time since Dec. 4, but the Wolverines were without Chris Hunter
(ankle) and Brent Petway (shoulder). Lester Abram, last year's
leading scorer, had season-ending shoulder surgery last month.Parker, whose older brother is San Antonio's Tony Parker, was
healthy after playing just five minutes in the previous game and
missing the Big Ten opener with the flu.After the score was tied a second time, Michigan scored nine
straight points late in the first half and later led 31-26 at
halftime.The Wolverines led by eight a few times midway through the
second half before Northwestern pulled to 61-58 with 5:31 left.
Harris then made consecutive baskets and Horton made four straight
free throws to give Michigan a cushion.