Michigan 92, Northwestern 70
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) _ Original Fab Fiver Ray Jackson scored 25 points and Maurice Taylor, the best of another fabulous Michigan freshman class, added 23 points Saturday night, leading the Wolverines to a 92-70 victory over Northwestern.
The totals were career bests for both players. Jackson went over the 1,000-point mark and Jimmy King, the other remaining member of the famous 1991-92 rookie class, scored all 16 of his points in the second half for Michigan (9-6 overall, 3-1 Big Ten).
Dewey Williams scored a career-high 18 points for Northwestern (4-8, 0-3), which has lost its last six games by an average of 28 points.
Michigan was ahead only 47-44 with 15 minutes to go before Taylor sparked a 20-4 run by scoring the game’s next 6 points on a 15-foot jumper, a layup and a spectacular flying jam over 7-footer Dan Kreft.
After Williams made a jumper, Taylor scored on a rebound, Travis Conlan made a layup and King drove for a basket for a 59-46 lead.
Kreft scored for Northwestern but Michigan put the game away by scoring the next 9 points.
Jackson, with 20, and Taylor, 11, scored all but six of Michigan’s first-half points as the Wolverines took a 37-32 lead.
Cedric Neloms, the Wildcats’ top scorer and leader of their improbable upset of Michigan last season, was held to 8 points. That was still enough to move him into seventh place on Northwestern’s all-time scoring list with 1,321.