RALEIGH, N.C. -- Michigan basketball walked away with a big road win during the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday night. The Wolverines (5-2) dispatched NC State 66-59 despite a late surge by the Wolfpack (4-3) in the second half that saw a double-digit Wolverines lead dwindle to single digits.
NC State did take an early advantage in the first half but the Wolverines seized control and never looked back despite the late surge by NC State. The Wolverines held the lead for nearly 30 minutes on Tuesday night, all in part to successful shooting beyond the arc.
The Wolverines were paced by forward Duncan Robinson once again who was lights out from three-point territory. Finishing the game with 17 points, Robinson finished the game with a sizzling 71-percent beyond the arc and shooting 75 percent overall. Of course, U-M guard Caris LeVert was a contributor as well, finishing with a team-leading 18 points that helped put the Wolfpack away.
Overall, U-M outshot NC State 50 percent to 32 percent and even outrebounded NC State 30-23, with two of those offensive rebounds.
Despite the victory, all was not happy for the Wolverines. For a team that was plagued by injuries a year ago, it appeared the injury bug has struck again.
U-M guard Derrick Walton appeared to injure his ankle late in the first half and was later ruled out head coach John Beilein. The status or severity of Walton's injury is yet to be determined.
The Wolverines are set to play Houston Baptist on Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Crisler Center with tipoff set for 2 p.m. ET.