Northwestern 61

(8-7, 1-2 Big Ten)

Michigan 71

(11-5, 2-0 Big Ten)

7:00 PM ET, January 12, 2005

Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1 2 T
NW 26 3561
MICH 31 4071

Top Performers

Northwestern: V. Vukusic 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast

Michigan: D. Horton 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

Michigan 71, Northwestern 61

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 61 71
FG Made-Attempted 21-44 (.477) 23-41 (.561)
3P Made-Attempted 7-14 (.500) 6-13 (.462)
FT Made-Attempted 12-16 (.750) 19-25 (.760)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
Largest Lead 0 10

2004-05 Season

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