ANN ARBOR - Northern Michigan University took on the Big Ten in men's basketball Thursday night and was handed an 83-47 loss by the University of Michigan at the newly renovated Crisler Arena.
The No. 5-ranked Wolverines ran out to a 17-0 start in the season-opening exhibition for both schools, leaving the Wildcats trailing at halftime 38-21.
Freshman center Matt Iverson led the Wildcats with 14 points, while junior forward Matt Craggs added 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Iverson scored seven points and Craggs six in the first half.
Northern?Michigan sophomore Quinten Calloway drives to the basket on Thursday night during an exhibition against Michigan at Crisler Arena in?Ann Arbor. (NMU photo by Calvin Larson)
Nik Stauskas led Michigan with 17 points, while Spike Albrecht had 16 and Glen Robinson III and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 13 apiece. Michigan made six 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes and 13 for the game.
NMU shot 32 percent from the floor (19 of 59), including 30 percent on 3s (6 of 20), scoring 22 points in the paint and 27 points off the bench.
The Wolverines shot 43 percent from the field (27 of 63) and outrebounded Northern, 50-32.
NMU wraps up its exhibition season at 7 p.m. next Friday at the University of Detroit.
Notes: The last time NMU and Michigan met was Nov. 14, 2009, when the Wolverines defeated the 'Cats 97-50.... Preseason All-American and last year's Big Ten Freshman of the year Trey Burke was suspended for the game for a violation of team standards. Redshirt sophomore Jon Horford also didn't dress for Michigan.