Northwestern Beats Michigan, Snaps 20-Game Winless Streak

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's final shot clanged off the rim and seconds later, the Northwestern Wildcats could clearly be heard screaming for joy at a sparsely attended game.

They hadn't celebrated in a while.

Craig Moore made four 3-pointers in the first 3 1/2 minutes and connected on another trey that gave Northwestern the lead with a minute left, lifting the Wildcats over Michigan 62-60 Tuesday night for their first Big Ten victory in more than a year.

"I don't like to be too blunt about it, but it's a big relief," said Moore, who scored 25 points.

Northwestern (8-18, 1-14) had lost 20 straight conference games, including the Big Ten tournament, after beating Penn State on Feb. 10, 2007.

"It's just so good for them to get a win after playing decently and not having anything to show for it," Wildcats coach Bill Carmody said. "Obviously, you question yourself when you go through so I'm just so happy for them.

"This will be a nice trip home."

Northwestern's Kevin Coble scored 16 and Ivan Peljusic had 13 points.

Manny Harris scored 17, Anthony Wright had 13 points and Ekpe Udoh added 10 for the Wolverines (9-19, 5-11).

"The sun is going to come up," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "We're going to say, `OK, how much better are we going to get from that one?'"

The Wolverines — who had won four of their previous five games — tied the game with 5:46 left for the first time since it was scoreless only to fall behind 56-50.

Harris made a 3-pointer and two free throws in a 37-second span to give Michigan its first lead with 1:15 left.

Moore answered with a 3-pointer — his career-high eighth — and Harris turned the ball over on the ensuing possession. Wright missed a jumper that would've tied the game with 5 seconds left, setting off the Wildcats' sounds of success.

In the first half, the teams alternated spurts.

The Wildcats went ahead 16-4, thanks in large part to Moore making his first four 3-pointers.

"I felt like any shot I put up was going to go in," he said.

Michigan responded by scoring eight straight, then the Wildcats had an 11-0 run. Northwestern led by as much as 19 in the first half, but the Wolverines scored the last eight points to pull to 36-25 at halftime.

"The start dug us a pretty big hole and Moore was on fire," Beilein said. "This is the exact same game they played against Iowa and Indiana. They could've one either one of those games.

"They played beautifully tonight and we did not."


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