Simpson scores career-best 24 points, Michigan goes to 17-0


Michigan guard Xavier Simpson (3) drives toward the basket, defended by Northwestern forward Pete Nance (22) during the No. 2 Wolverines’ 80-60 win over Northwestern on Sunday night. Michigan is 17-0, the best start in school history.

Michigan guard Xavier Simpson (3) drives toward the basket, defended by Northwestern forward Pete Nance (22) during the No. 2 Wolverines’ 80-60 win over Northwestern on Sunday night. Michigan is 17-0, the best start in school history.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Xavier Simpson scored a career-high 24 points and Jon Teske scored all 17 of his points in the first half when No. 2 Michigan beat Northwestern 8060 on Sunday night.

The Wolverines (17-0, 6-0 Big Ten) are off to the best start in program history. They started 16-0 on two previous occasions, but this season’s team surpassed that by routing Northwestern.

The 7-foot-1 Teske also matched his career high. Lima Senior graduate Simpson — who entered the game shooting 29 percent from 3-point range — connected five times from beyond the arc.

Northwestern (10-7, 1-5) was without leading scorer Vic Law, who was out with a lower-body injury. The Wildcats lost by two to the Wolverines last month — one of only two Michigan games this season decided by single digits — but this one was no contest.

Simpson’s hook shot off the glass gave the Wolverines an early 10-0 lead, and although Northwestern quickly battled back to within two, the game didn’t stay close for long. Michigan made 13 of its final 16 shots from the field in the first half and led 50-28 at halftime.

Dererk Pardon scored 20 points for Northwestern.

Michigan also started 16-0 in 1985-86 and 2012-13. The Wolverines have matched the longest winning streak in school history. They won 17 in a row in 1985 before losing in the NCAA Tournament.

Michigan and Virginia are the only unbeaten teams remaining in Division I.

Michigan guard Xavier Simpson (3) drives toward the basket, defended by Northwestern forward Pete Nance (22) during the No. 2 Wolverines’ 80-60 win over Northwestern on Sunday night. Michigan is 17-0, the best start in school history.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/01/web1_XNW.jpgMichigan guard Xavier Simpson (3) drives toward the basket, defended by Northwestern forward Pete Nance (22) during the No. 2 Wolverines’ 80-60 win over Northwestern on Sunday night. Michigan is 17-0, the best start in school history.

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