ANN ARBOR, Mich. – All Michigan had to do was show up and get an easy victory against Furman to end its non-conference play.
Or so they thought.
With Michigan up 63-60 late, Furman’s John Davis step on the end line, giving the Wolverines the possession with 53.4 seconds remaining. Still, U-M needed one more big shot to close it out, and senior Derrick Walton Jr. delivered a clutch three with 25 seconds on the clock, sealing the win for Michigan. Walton Jr. would add two free throws to go long with his 13 points down the stretch run, as Michigan defeated Furman, 68-62.
Michigan's (10-3) Moritz Wagner scored a game-high 18 points, with Zak Irvin adding 16.
Devin Sibley led Furman (7-6) with 16.
The one three that mattered
To put it simply, Michigan was flat out awful from beyond the arc. The Wolverines finished 4-of-20 form 3s, good for 20 percent. In the second-half, it was even more dreadful at 1-for-11 shooting, with that lone three being the game sealer by Walton Jr.
Moritz Wagner leads again
Wagner finished with a game-high 18 points, on 7-of-16 shooing, and six rebounds. He has really become Michigan’s breakout star in non-conference play. He’s simply a tough match up for opposing teams with length and ability to put the ball on the floor. He mad multiple big buckets for the Wolverines down stretch run, including a nice and-1 as U-M made its run to close out the game.
Non-conference play is over
Michigan finishes non-conference with a 10-3 record with key wins against Texas, Marquette and SMU. However, they suffered key road losses at UCLA and South Carolina. The game that got away, of course, being U-M’s home loss to Virginia Tech.
Michigan (10-3) starts Big Ten on Jan. 1 at Iowa.