LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Chesterton High School alumnus Zack Novak scored 14
points to go over 1,000 for his career and No. 22 Michigan defeated Nebraska
62-46 on Wednesday night.
The Wolverines (18-7, 8-4) outscored Nebraska 15-4 to start the second half
and went on to only their second win in six Big Ten road games. The
Cornhuskers (11-12, 3-9) lost their third straight.
Stu Douglass had 13 points and Trey Burke 12 for Michigan. Bo Spencer scored
13 to lead Nebraska.
Michigan, playing on the road for the fifth time in six games, had no
trouble against a downtrodden team thatís one game out of last place in its
first season in the Big Ten.
The Wolverines, who came in shooting 43 percent in Big Ten road games,
finished at 52 percent after making 32 percent in the first half. Despite
the poor shooting, Michigan led 22-15 - the Huskersí season low for points
in a half.
The teams hadnít met since 1992, and it was Michiganís first visit to
Lincoln since the Huskers beat the then-No. 1 Wolverines in December 1964.
Nebraska wasnít going to pull an upset this night.
The Huskers were without center Jorge Brian Diaz for the second straight
game. He has chronic soreness in his feet, and coach Doc Sadler said he
probably is done for the season.
The Huskers didnít break the 20-point barrier until 12 minutes remained and
didnít go over 40 points until the final minute.
They missed 11 3-pointers in a row before Bo Spencer made the Huskersí first
one with 12:22 left in the game.
Michiganís Tim Hardaway Jr. saw a continuation of his shooting slump. He
missed his first seven attempts, including one from point-blank range and a
layup through traffic. He broke through early in the second half with a
finger roll that put the Wolverines up 30-17.
Hardaway, who had a season-low four points in Sundayís 64-54 loss at
Michigan State, was 3 of 11 for six points and is 13 for his last 47 (27.6
percent) in four games.
Toney McCray fired up an air ball from the corner to start Nebraskaís
stretch of 1-for-13 shooting to start the game. The Huskersí second field
goal didnít come until 9:12 before half.
The Huskers, thanks to Michiganís shooting woes, had a chance to take the
lead after pulling to 16-15. But Brandon Ubel missed an easy dunk when
Spencer gave him a perfect alley-oop pass.
It was that kind of night for a Nebraska team that, with an 8-7 home record,
has its most losses in Lincoln since the 1962-63 team dropped nine at home.