Michigan Wolverines outlast Northwestern, 58-47, in men's basketball
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
ANN ARBOR — John Beilein was clear where credit should go after this victory.
“The whole press conference should be about our defense,” the Michigan coach said. “We’re up two at half — are you kidding me? We didn’t make shots, we didn’t make foul shots, but we held them, and that was the key.”
Charles Matthews scored 14 points, and the 24th-ranked Wolverines outlasted Northwestern 58-47 on Monday night. Michigan labored through an ugly first half but still led 21-19 after 20 minutes. The Wolverines ended up shooting just 42 percent from the field and 7 of 25 from 3-point range.
Scottie Lindsey scored 15 points for the Wildcats, but no other Northwestern player had more than nine.
Michigan was coming off Thursday’s 92-88 loss at Purdue, but this game wasn’t at all like that one. The Wolverines trailed 14-5 at the midpoint of the first half, and the Wildcats led 19-11 after a dunk by Lindsey with 7:06 to go.
Then it was Northwestern (13-10, 4-6 Big Ten) that couldn’t score, getting shut out for the rest of the half as U-M (18-6, 7-4) chipped away.
“I thought that was a grinder of a Big Ten game,” Northwestern coach Chris Collins said. “You hold them to 21, we needed to be up double figures at half, especially on the road, when you know they’re going to make adjustments.”
Moe Wagner scored five points during a 7-0 run in the second half that put Michigan up 48-38.
Wagner, Jordan Poole and Duncan Robinson finished with eight points each. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 11 points for the Wolverines.