Minnesota 80, Michigan 58
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Townsend Orr scored 20 points and Voshon Lenard added 19, including three key 3-pointers late in the first half Saturday night as Minnesota handed Michigan its worst loss of the season, 80-58.
Lenard scored all 9 of his first-half points in the final 2:13 as the Golden Gophers (15-6, 6-3 Big Ten) blew open a 16-point lead. It was the largest halftime deficit of the season for the Wolverines (12-9, 6-3), who never recovered as leading scorer Ray Jackson struggled through one of his worst games of the year.
Michigan’s leading scorer with a 16.5 average _ 18.1 in eight conference games _ Jackson scored just 8 points and shot 3-of-12. It was the first time in 10 games Jackson was held under double figures, and only the fourth time this year.
Jimmy King, the other remaining member of Michigan’s Fab Five, scored 10 points, five below his average. King made just 3 of 10 shots. Freshmen Maceo Boston and Maurice Taylor also had 10 points each for Michigan, but Taylor was scoreless in the second half.
Jayson Walton, who lost his starting spot 2 1/2 weeks ago, had his best game in almost two months for Minnesota. He had 11 points and 10 rebounds, his sixth double-double of the season but his first since Dec. 21.
Playing against the Big Ten’s best defensive team _ Michigan held its first eight conference opponents to 38.9 percent shooting _ the Gophers hit 54 percent in the first half to take a 45-29 halftime lead.
Minnesota led most of the half, and pulled away in the final two minutes with an 11-2 run led by Lenard. The senior missed his first three shots of the half, but hit three 3-pointers in the final 2:13.
The Wolverines never got closer than 12 in the second half, and the Gophers led by as many as 26. Michigan’s previous worst defeat was a 78-57 loss to Arizona on Nov. 30.
Minnesota shot 44 percent for the game, only the third Big Ten opponent to top 40 percent against Michigan. The Wolverines shot 35 percent, their second-worst percentage in conference play.