Wolverines run past Northwestern
Written by Matt Pargoff   


Michigan set a new program record for best start to a year and longest regular season win streak on Sunday evening, defeating Northwestern 80-60. Facing a Wildcats team that gave U-M its toughest challenge of the season in an early December meeting, the Wolverines started the game with a quick 10-0 run, matching that run at the end of the half after Northwestern had hung around.

Jon Teske helped deliver the knockout blow at the end of the first half, scoring 11 straight points for the Maize and Blue, including three made three pointers. While he didn’t score again in the second half, he finished with a double-double, scoring 17 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. He also finished with three steals and two blocked shots.

Zavier Simpson had a career night on the offensive end of the court as well, reaching a personal best 24 points. Simpson matched Teske with a team best three steals.

Charles Matthews added 13 points and Iggy Brazdeikis scored 11.

While the Wolverines set the longest regular season streak, they will need one more win to claim the longest overall run, as the 1984-85 team won 17 in a row, including one game in the NCAA Tournament.

Michigan will put its claim of that record on the line on Saturday at noon, playing at Wisconsin on ESPN. The Badgers are currently 11-5, but have lost three of their last four games, including defeats at the hands of Western Kentucky, Minnesota and Purdue.

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