Jan. 27, 2015
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 58, Nebraska 44
Records: U-M (13-8, 6-3 Big Ten), NEB (12-8, 4-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 1 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 1 p.m. [ TV: CBS ]
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Zak Irvin posted his first career double-double, and Max Bielfeldt recorded 12 points and nine rebounds as the University of Michigan men's basketball team took down Nebraska, 58-44, on Tuesday night (Jan. 27) inside Crisler Center. The Wolverines took the lead a little more than five minutes into the first half and never trailed the rest of the night, picking up their sixth victory in conference play.
Irvin finished the game with 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting, and he grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds. Bielfeldt's nine boards are a career best, and freshman Aubrey Dawkins was U-M's final double-digit scorer with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, going a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range.
Michigan controlled a 23-18 lead at halftime, and Dawkins blocked Nebraska's first shot attempt of the second period, leading to a fast-break layup by freshman Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman. After two free throws by Shavon Shields, the Wolverines scored three consecutive baskets, including another fast-break layup by Abdur-Rahkman that put them up 31-20 and forced the Huskers to call timeout less than two minutes into the second frame.
Junior Spike Albrecht hit two free throws following the stoppage, and on the next possession freshman Ricky Doyle made a baby hook to put Michigan up, 35-20. Then Irvin nailed a three from the right wing to give U-M the 17-point lead and cap off the 13-0 run. Terran Petteway connected from long distance to end the Husker scoring drought, and after a Bielfeldt put back, Nebraska made three straight baskets to cut the Wolverine lead to 40-29 with 12 minutes remaining.
One minute later, Abdul-Rahkman converted an old-fashioned three-point play, and then he went coast to coast on the next possession to put the Maize and Blue on top, 45-29, and force another Nebraska timeout. The Huskers came out of the timeout by scoring six unanswered points, before a baseline jumper by Bielfeldt made the score 47-35 with eight minutes to go.
Petteway hit two free throws, and Shields made a layup to cut Michigan's lead to single digits at 47-39, but the Wolverines came back with a post basket by Bielfeldt and two Albrecht free throws to go up 12 with less than five minutes remaining. A minute later, Irvin made a three-point play after getting fouled on a short jumper, putting his team up 54-41. On the next possession, Albrecht drove to the hoop and found Bielfeldt for a wide-open dunk, putting U-M ahead by 15 and ending all chances of a Nebraska comeback.
Michigan ended the night shooting an impressive 22-of-46 (47.8 percent) and went 6-of-14 (42.9 percent) from beyond the arc. The Huskers shot 15-of-49 (30.6 percent) and knocked down 4-of-19 attempts (21.1 percent) from long distance. Shields led Nebraska with 14 points, and Tarin Smith posted eight points and seven rebounds.
Triples by Dawkins and Irvin gave Michigan a 6-5 lead less than five minutes into the game, before a free throw by Shields tied the score. Then U-M scored seven straight points, including a step-back three by Irvin and a fadeaway jumper by Bielfeldt to go up 13-6 midway through the first half.
The Huskers responded with two baskets and a free throw to come within two points of the lead, before Dawkins swished a corner three to put Michigan ahead, 18-13, with 4:47 left before halftime. After another Bielfeldt bucket, Nebraska scored five in a row to cut its deficit to two points, but Dawkins drained yet another triple to give the Wolverines the 23-18 advantage heading into the break.
U-M won the rebounding battle, 34-26, and outscored its opponent, 22-14, in the paint. Michigan assisted on 12 of its 22 field goals and shot a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Abdur-Rahkman finished with nine points, while Albrecht tallied six points and seven assists on the night.
The Maize and Blue next travels to East Lansing on Sunday (Feb. 1) to take on Michigan State at the Breslin Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m., and the game will be televised on CBS.
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