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    Northwestern Defeated By No. 1 Michigan, 68-46

    Alex Olah scored 10 points to lead Northwestern.

    Alex Olah scored 10 points to lead Northwestern.

    Jan. 30, 2013

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    Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
    Score: No. 1/2 Michigan 68, Northwestern 46
    Records: NU (12-10, 3-6 Big Ten), Michigan (20-1, 7-1 Big Ten)
    Next NU Event: Saturday, Feb. 2 - vs. Purdue (Welsh-Ryan Arena), 11 a.m.

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A hot shooting start for top-ranked Michigan proved to be too much for Northwestern to overcome as the Wildcats fell to the Wolverines 68-46 at Crisler Center Wednesday evening.

    Alex Olah led NU with 10 points while Jared Swopshire contributed 8 points and 8 rebounds.

    The Wildcats got off to a good start offensively as Reggie Hearn's 3-pointer gave the visitors an early 7-5 lead.

    However, NU was unable to slow the Wolverines on the other end of the court. Michigan connected on 10 of its first 11 field goal attempts as an 18-4 run put the hosts up 23-11 with 11 minutes remaining in the opening half.

    Northwestern trimmed the deficit to seven just beyond the midway point of the stanza as Michigan native Alex Marcotullio came off the bench to nail a mid-range jumper before hitting a triple to make it 23-16.

    The Wildcats were within 26-18 and had opportunities to trim the deficit but couldn't convert. Consecutive treys by Tim Hardaway Jr. and Nik Stauskas ignited an 8-0 run that pushed Michigan's lead to 34-18.

    The Wolverines eventually took a 36-21 advantage into the intermission as they shot 60.9 percent from the field (14-23) and didn't commit a turnover.

    Olah scored Northwestern's first six points of the second half as the Wildcats closed to within 38-27. After the teams traded baskets, Tre Demps' jumper made it a 10-4 to start the half, prompting Michigan to burn a timeout as NU got within 40-31.

    The Wildcats had multiple chances to draw closer as they picked things up on the defensive end following the rough start to the contest. After the 10-for-11 start, Michigan was held to just seven field goals in its next 25 attempts.

    However, Northwestern was unable to convert enough on the offensive end to make a serious charge.

    The Wildcats were limited to 37.3 percent shooting in the contest (19-51), while Michigan shot 51 percent (25-49). Trey Burke paced the Wolverines with 18 points and eight assists.

    Northwestern returns to action at 11 a.m. Saturday as it returns home to Welsh-Ryan Arena to take on Purdue.


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