Novak leads Michigan past Minnesota, 74-62

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP)—Zack Novak made a career-best six 3-pointers and scored 18 points Thursday night to help Michigan win its second straight, a 74-62 victory over Minnesota.

Kelvin Grady, DeShawn Sims and Stu Douglass each added 12 points for the Wolverines (17-10, 7-7 Big Ten), who ended the first half on a 10-2 run and took a 40-25 lead to intermission. Michigan was 8-for-19 from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes while the Gophers were just 1-for-10.

The victory gave Michigan consecutive wins for the first time since early January and kept the Wolverines on the NCAA tournament bubble.

Devoe Joseph scored 14 points and Lawrence Westbrook added 12 for the Golden Gophers (19-7, 7-7), who trailed by as many as 25 points midway through the second half. Minnesota was ranked 19th on Feb. 2 but has lost four of five games since.

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 Minnesota
Devoe Joseph Devoe Joseph
5-9,  14 Pts
1 Rebs, 4 Assists
 Michigan
Zack Novak Zack Novak
6-10,  18 Pts
6 Rebs, 2 Assists

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