Despite a hot-shooting comeback run in the second half, Northwestern could not overcome a poor first half and overall sloppy game, falling to Michigan 58-48 on Thursday at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
The Wildcats (12-7, 2-4 Big Ten) turned the ball over 18 times in the first half, while scoring just 15 points in the first 20 minutes. They shot 36.5 percent for the game, including an 11-minute-and-41-second timeframe that spanned both halves in which they scored just two points.
“I was just disappointed in the way we played the last eight or nine minutes of the first half,” coach Joe McKeown said.
Michigan (15-4, 4-2) shot poorly overall as well, finishing at 37.3 percent from the floor, but the Wolverines were able to overcome a slow start and take advantage of the Cats’ scoring drought.
“We were very lethargic; we couldn’t get anything going at all,” Michigan coach Kevin Borseth said. “The defense did a good job keeping us in there when offense was playing did.”
Although depth was a hindrance, McKeown saw turnovers as NU’s main issue Thursday. He had a tough time explaining the troubles, but he said he hopes to figure them out on film.
“To have 18 turnovers in a half, we average less than that a game,” McKeown said. “That was the difference to me in the game