Freshman Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman nailed a 3-pointer with less than a minute to go, giving Michigan (11-7, 4-2 Big Ten) a 56-52 lead with 1:02 left.
Alex Olah's layup pulled Northwestern (10-8, 1-4) within two with 42 seconds left and the Wildcats had a chance to tie or win after LeVert's missed jumper with 17 seconds left. But Bryant McIntosh missed on a floater that would have tied the game in the final seconds.
In his first-career start, Abdur-Rahkman finished with nine points, nearly doubling his career total (10) before the game.
Olah had 22 points, one off his career high, and JerShon Cobb added 13 points for the Wildcats.
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