EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Vedran Vukusic scored 26 points and
Mohamed Hachad added 14 to lead Northwestern to a 69-53 victory
over Michigan on Saturday night.
Northwestern (14-13, 6-8 Big Ten) opened the game with 24-2 run.
Senior walk-on Michael Jenkins led the spurt. First, he converted a
four-point play when he was fouled on his 3-point field goal. Then,
on their next possession, Jenkins tried to hit Hachad with an
alley-oop pass, but the ball went in the hoop and counted as a
3-pointer.Vukusic followed that up with another 3-pointer, making it 24-2
with 12:03 left in the first half.Northwestern extended that lead to 30-6 before the Wolverines
began clawing their way back.Michigan (13-16, 4-11) committed six turnovers in the first
seven minutes of the game, however, they managed to cut
Northwestern's lead to 33-23 on Ron Coleman's 3 late in the first
half.They trailed 36-23 at the break.Despite their best efforts, the Wolverines were only able to get
within 10 points in the second half.Brent Petway made two free throws to cut Northwestern's lead to
45-35 with 12:55 left, but Northwestern scored eight straight
points.Vukusic and Vince Scott hit back-to-back 3's. Scott finished the
game with 12 points, while Jenkins had nine.Coleman scored 13 points for Michigan and Dion Harris added 12.After opening up the Big Ten season 3-0, the Wolverines have
lost 11 of their last 12 games. They beat Northwestern 71-61 at
home on Jan. 12.