ANN ARBOR, Mich. –Derrick Walton Jr. and Zak Irvin were quite the one-two punch for U-M tonight, as the junior backcourt duo combined for 41 points in Michigan’s 74-69 win against Minnesota.
Walton Jr. led U-M with 22 points, while Irvin netted a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
And Michigan (14-5, 4-2 Big Ten) needed every shot from both players.
Especially with Minnesota (6-13, 0-7) cutting the lead to 52-49 with less than nine minutes remaining. However, key buckets from Walton Jr. and clutch free throw down the stretch put the Gophers away for good.
Minnesota’s Nate Mason scored a game-high 25 points, with Nate Morris adding 14 points and nine rebounds.
Irvin sparked the Wolverines in the first half, scoring 15 points, while shooting 3-of-3 from 3s, to go along with his seven rebounds.
Michigan led 37-22 with 1:56 remaining in the first half, however, Minnesota finished the half with an 8-0 run.
U-M led 37-30 at the half.
Michigan next plays at Nebraska this Saturday at 2 p.m.