Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Michigan and Northwestern played a spurt-laden game tonight in Ann Arbor, with the Wolverines prevailing, 75-66. Trailing 12-11, UM went on a 21-6 run to lead 32-18 near the end of the first half (play-by-play sheet).

Michigan maintained comfortable leads for most of the second half, including a 67-52 advantage with about five minutes remaining. It was a lead that almost evaporated entirely -- and quickly!

Northwestern made four straight three-points (with 4:53, 4:29, 3:25, and 2:36 on the clock) and then added a layup with 2:23 left. During this time, the Wolverines not only didn't score; they didn't even get off a shot attempt, amidst a series of turnovers and offensive fouls. Suddenly, the Wildcats were within 67-66.

At that point, Northwestern hit the proverbial wall, as Michigan revived and scored the final eight points of the game.

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