Jan. 7, 2017
» After trailing by nine points at halftime, Michigan made it a one-possession game on multiple occasions in the second half but could not complete the comeback.
» The Wolverines shot 50 percent (28-for-56) from the floor, their best shooting performance thus far in Big Ten Conference play.
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Maryland 77, Michigan 70
Records: U-M (11-5, 1-2 B1G), UMD (14-2, 2-1 B1G)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Jan. 11 -- at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), 8 p.m. CST [ TV: BTN ]
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team pulled within one possession on multiple occasions in the second half but could not complete the comeback against Maryland, falling 77-70, on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 7) inside Crisler Center.
Overall, Michigan shot 50 percent (28-for-56) from the floor -- its best shooting performance through three Big Ten games -- shooting 50 percent or better for the seventh time this season.
Moritz Wagner scored 15 of his team-high 17 points in the second half to spearhead U-M's second-half comeback efforts. Zak Irvin and D.J. Wilson also added double-figures with 15 and 13 points, respectively, while Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman chipped in with 12 points and a career-high four steals.
After trailing by nine points at halftime, the Wolverines came out hot in the second half, scoring six quick points, including a monster off-the-dribble dunk from Wagner that got the Crisler crowd on its feet. At the first media timeout, U-M trailed 38-34 (15:51). Following the timeout, Wagner hit three free throws to cut U-M's deficit to one, 38-37, with 15:24 left to play.
Maryland quickly pushed its lead back to six points and maintained a three-to-six point lead throughout the middle portion of the second half until an offensive put-back from Abdur-Rahkman and a fast-break layup from Irvin brought Michigan back within two, 57-55, at the 6:58 mark, forcing the Terps to call timeout.
Three-pointers helped Michigan keep in close down the stretch, as Wilson connected from long range, and Wagner hit his first two triples of the game to make it 71-68 Maryland with 1:14 on the clock. Trailing 73-70 after a hard drive to the rim by Derrick Walton Jr., the Wolverines were forced to foul down the stretch, and Maryland went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe to seal the win.
Early in the first half, Michigan was trailing by five points, 14-9, at the 13:53 mark, until an acrobatic up-and-under layup from Irvin and a three-pointer from Duncan Robinson tied the game at 14 with 12:12 to go in the first half.
The Terrapins then went on a 14-4 run over the next six-plus minutes to take a 10-point lead, 28-18, at the 5:49 mark. The Wolverines responded with six straight points, including four from Abdur-Rahkman, to pull within four, 28-24, but Maryland came right back with an 8-2 run to regain a double-digit lead, 37-26, and force Michigan to call timeout with 1:26 left in the opening half. Abdur-Rahkman netted the last points of the half to make it 37-28 at the break in favor of Maryland.
Scoring was balanced for the Maize and Blue in the first half, as seven different Wolverines added their name to the scoring column, led by six points each from Irvin and Abdur-Rahkman.
The Wolverines will now hit the road for a midweek test at Illinois on Wednesday (Jan. 11) at 8 p.m. CST inside the State Farm Center. The game can be seen live on BTN from Champaign.
-- Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) January 7, 2017
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