Wolverines Succumb to Hot-Shooting Illini

Jan. 11, 2017

What You Need to Know
» The game was tied nine times during the first half, with the last time coming at 4:04, but Illinois closed the half on a 17-2 run to take a 49-36 lead at halftime.
» Michigan hit 53 percent (27-for-51) of its shots, while Illinois shot a season-high 64 percent (34-for-53) overall and 64 percent (9-for-14) from three-point range.
» D.J. Wilson paced four Wolverines in double-digit scoring with 19 points, while Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (14), Derrick Walton Jr. (11) and Zak Irvin (10) also recorded double-figure points for the Wolverines.

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Site: Champaign, Ill. (State Farm Center)
Score: Illinois 85, Michigan 69
Records: U-M (11-6, 1-3 B1G), ILL (12-5, 2-2 B1G)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 14 -- vs. Nebraska (Crisler Center), 2 p.m. [ TV: BTN ]

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team was overpowered by a season-high 64-percent shooting from Illinois, falling, 85-69, on Wednesday evening (Jan. 11) inside the State Farm Center.

The Wolverines hit 53 percent (27-for-51) of their shots, while Illinois shot a season-high 64 percent (34-for-53) overall and 64 percent (9-for-14) from three-point range.

D.J. Wilson led four Michigan players in double-digit scoring, recording 19 points, while Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (14), Derrick Walton Jr. (11) and Zak Irvin (10) also added double figures. Walton also dished out seven assists, registering five or more for the seventh time this season. Six Illini finished in double figures in points, led by Maverick Morgan, on 8-for-9 shooting from the floor.

Both teams got off to a hot start, as Michigan was 4-for-5 from the field at the first media timeout, and Illinois was 5-for-6. The game was tied on six different occasions in the first seven minutes of play. With the Wolverines trailing 15-10 at the 14:17 mark, Abdur-Rahkman caught fire, scoring the Wolverines' next eight points, including two three-pointers, to pull U-M within one, 19-18, with 11:38 left in the first half.

The latter half of the first half was a game a runs, as Michigan was down 20-25 with nine minutes to go before scoring seven unanswered points to take a brief lead, 27-25, at 8:04. The Illini came right back with seven points of their own to regain a five-point lead, 32-27, and force U-M to call timeout at 6:16.

Five straight points from Walton helped the Maize and Blue take the lead momentarily until Illinois went on a 14-0 run, capped by back-to-back threes from Jalen Coleman-Lands. Wilson slowed the run with a pair of free throws, but Illinois added another triple to make it a 17-2 run overall and give the Illini a 49-36 lead at the break.

Michigan shot 64 percent (14-for-22) from the field in the first half, while Illinois nearly matched it, shooting 63 percent (20-for-32), however, the Illinoi took 10 more shots than the Wolverines.

Early in the second half, Michigan pulled within nine points, 53-44, after scoring five straight points to force Illinois to call timeout with 17:20 left. Illinois then outscored Michigan 17-6, with the help of three three-pointers to take its largest lead of the night, 70-50, with 10 minutes on the clock.

U-M cut its deficit to 15 points on a Mark Donnal put-back and a triple from Walton, but that is as close as it came.

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Next up, the Wolverines will return home to host Nebraska on Saturday (Jan. 14) at 2 p.m. inside Crisler Center. The game can be seen live on BTN. [ Tickets ]

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