No. 5 Michigan gets tough 62-60 win over Northwestern
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

(EVANSTON, IL) – Jordan Poole and Michigan finally faced some adversity Tuesday night. Pushed right to the very end, they delivered. Poole made two big plays in the last 2 1/2 minutes and Ignas Brazdeikis scored 13 of his 23 points in the second half to help the fifth-ranked Wolverines hold off Northwestern for a 62-60 victory. Poole finished with 15 points as Michigan (9-0, 2-0 Big Ten) added to its best start since it opened the 2012-13 season with 16 straight victories. Zavier Simpson scored 10 points, and Jon Teske had eight points and 10 rebounds. The game was tied at 58 when Poole fed Teske for a dunk with 2:30 left. After Ryan Taylor made a jumper for Northwestern, Poole drove inside for another dunk that made it 62-60 with 1:53 remaining. Michigan had a shot-clock violation with 14 seconds to go, giving Northwestern one last chance. Taylor was long on a desperation 3-pointer as time expired. Derek Pardon led the Wildcats (6-3, 0-2) with 20 points on 9 for 10 shooting. Vic Laws shook off a slow start and finished with 19. It was Northwestern's second straight tough loss, including 68-66 at Indiana on Saturday.