MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Robinson scores 12 as Michigan routs Northwestern

2014-01-05T21:00:00Z MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Robinson scores 12 as Michigan routs NorthwesternThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 05, 2014 9:00 pm  • 

Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford combined for 15 points and 16 rebounds.

Mitch McGary-type numbers, in other words.

Michigan won again without Chesterton product McGary, the star big man who is out indefinitely with a back injury. Nik Stauskas scored 18 points in Sunday's 74-51 victory over Northwestern — and Morgan and Horford both filled in well down low.

"We're finding ways to make up for the injury to Mitch," coach John Beilein said.

The Wolverines (10-4, 2-0 Big Ten) have won six straight over the Wildcats, and this victory wasn't much different than Michigan's two routs last season. Northwestern (7-8, 0-2) trailed by only seven at the half but couldn't keep up. Morgan had eight points and eight rebounds, while Horford added seven points and eight rebounds.

Morgan played 18 minutes and Horford played 20.

Lake Central grad Glenn Robinson III added 12 points for Michigan. There was concern about his status after he left Thursday's win at Minnesota with an apparent right leg injury, but he played 31 minutes Sunday and showed his usual leaping ability.

Robinson's alley-oop dunk from freshman Zak Irvin on a fast break gave Michigan a 49-35 lead, and another dunk by Robinson in transition put the Wolverines up 53-37.

Amid a major snowstorm in the Ann Arbor area, Michigan and Northwestern played in front of a quiet crowd with plenty of empty seats. Crown Point's Spike Albrecht provided the game's first real highlight with a nifty drop pass to Stauskas for a dunk on a fast break. That gave Michigan a 13-10 lead.

Minnesota 82, Purdue 79: Austin Hollins had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Minnesota went 23 for 27 from the free-throw line to hang on for the victory over Purdue on Sunday, the first in the Big Ten for new coach Richard Pitino.

Andre Hollins added 17 points and five assists and made 9 of his 11 foul shots for the Gophers (12-3, 1-1), who led by as many as 19 points in the second half before surviving a determined comeback. The Boilermakers (10-5, 0-2) grabbed 21 offensive rebounds to stay in the game, and after Malik Smith missed two free throws with 4 seconds left, Kendall Stephens had a half-court heave to tie it that fell well short.

Stephens hit a 3-pointer right before that sequence from the top of the key to pull Purdue within three points.

Terone Johnson had 18 points and Ronnie Johnson had 13 points for the Boilermakers.

Illinois State 66, Southern Illinois 48: Zach Lofton scored 18 points and Illinois State pulled away from Southern Illinois in the second half.

Leading 38-36 early in the second half, Illinois State (8-6, 1-1 Missouri Valley Conference) used a 20-4 run to open a big lead, with seven points from Bobby Hunter during the stretch.

Southern Illinois (4-11, 0-2) scored the first nine points of the game before the Redbirds responded by scoring 15 of the game's next 19 points to take a 15-13 lead. Illinois State did not surrender the lead from that point forward.

Hunter scored 15 points and had four steals for Illinois State.

The Redbirds held Southern Illinois to 32 percent shooting from the field, including just 25 percent in the second half. Desmar Jackson was the lone Southern Illinois scorer to reach double figures, leading the Salukis with 19 points.

Loyola 89, Missouri St. 57: Devon Turk hit five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 30 points as Loyola-Chicago won its first ever Missouri Valley Conference game.

Loyola (6-8, 1-1) snapped a three-game losing streak. Turk finished 6 of 9 from the field and 13 of 13 from the line.

Milton Doyle scored 13 points with five assists, and Christian Thomas added 10 points to lead Loyola. Thomas has scored in double figures for 30 straight games.

Devon Thomas scored a layup to pull Missouri State within 60-48 with 10:26 remaining. Loyola answered with a 14-0 run to stretch its lead to 74-48 with 8:06 to play.

Marcus Marshall scored 11 points and Devon Thomas added 10 to lead Missouri State (11-3, 1-1).

Loyola joined the Missouri Valley Conference after playing 34 seasons in the Horizon League.

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