Noah K. Murray, USA TODAY

Michigan stumbles, holds on to beat Rutgers 68-64

The Wolverines win a sloppy one in Piscataway, holding on to beat Rutgers 68-64 Wednesday night.

It wasn't pretty by any means but a win is a win.

For a team that is trying its hardest to hold on to its NCAA Tournament hopes, a loss to Rutgers on Wednesday would've put a serious damper on the resume. However, the Wolverines (18-10, 8-7 Big Ten) did just enough to avoid a second half slip against the Scarlet Knights (13-16, 2-14 Big Ten) and came away victorious 68-64 for its second true road win of the season.

After taking a lead into the second half, the Wolverines saw its slip away to Rutgers midway through the second thanks to poor shooting and poor free-throw shooting for consecutive games. Despite four Wolverines scoring in double-figures, U-M wasn't able to take care of the basketball with sloppy play contributing to its poor performance in the second half.

The Wolverines received a much needed 16-point performance from Zak Irvin, who is desperately trying to shoot his way out of the funk he's been playing under for the better part of the season. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman added a solid 14 points and forward D.J. Wilson added his fourth double-double of the season, scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

One of the few positives the Wolverines could write home about is the fact that it outrebounded Rutgers despite being outscored in the paint.

U-M returns to action on Saturday to face Purdue on Senior Night, tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.


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