ANN ARBOR, Mich. – In a game that featured little defense, Michigan’s seniors Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton Jr. sealed the win the down stretch run for the Wolverines. In the process, U-M ended its two game losing streak, defeating Nebraska, 91-85, today at Crisler Center.
Moritz Wagner led Michigan (12-6, 2-3 Big Ten) with 23 points. But it was the play of Irvn (21 points) and Walton Jr. (20 points) that fueled U-M in the closing minutes, as the senior duo scored 24 of Michigan’s last 25 points, with Walton Jr. scoring 16 points in the final eight minutes.
Nebraska’s (9-7, 3-2) Tai Webster scored a game-high 28, with Glynn Watson Jr. adding 22.
Walton Jr. comes up clutch
Post game, Walton Jr. mentioned he arranged a player only meeting to address the below average start of Michigan in Big Ten play. And not only did U-M respond, but Walton Jr. turned in his best performance of the season. As earlier noted, he scored 16 of his 20 points down the stretch run. He shot 5-of-6 from the field, including a perfect 3-of-3 form 3s. He also hit 7-of-his-9 free throws.
Wagner continues to shine
The German native is blossoming into Michigan’s best overall player. He can shoot it from outside, proved by his 4-of-6 shooting from 3s. He also can take it iside aggressively, as he did multiple times today, which included a highlight dunk on his way to 23 points.
U-M stops the bleeding
After winning one game out of its first four in Big Ten play, Michigan finally got its offense rolling today against Nebraska. In a game where both teams shot better than 50 percent, the Wolverines led the whole game behind 54 percet shooting, including 11-of-22 from 3s.
Michigan plays at Wisconsin this Tuesday at 9 p.m.