Wolverines Edged at MSU Despite Big Day from Walton

Jan. 29, 2017

What You Need to Know
» After the game was tied 38-38 with 16 minutes left, Michigan State built as much as a 12-point lead, and Michigan pulled within four with 21 seconds left.
» Derrick Walton Jr. led Michigan with a season-high 24 points, going 14-for-15 from the free throw line, was one rebound shy of a double-double with nine rebounds and dished out five assists.
» Overall, six players contributed to the scoring column, including Moritz Wagner with 10 points and eight rebounds.
» Michigan shot 34 percent (19-for-56) from the field, while the Spartans shot 52 percent (24-for-46).

Box Score

Site: East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)
Score: Michigan State 70, Michigan 62
Records: U-M (14-8, 4-5 B1G), MSU (13-9, 5-4 B1G)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 4 -- vs. Ohio State (Crisler Center), 6 p.m. [ TV: ESPN2 ]

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team came up short on the road in a rivalry game with Michigan State, 70-62, on Sunday (Jan. 29) at the Breslin Center.

Derrick Walton Jr.'s season-high and game-high 24 points were not enough for the Wolverines in East Lansing. Walton has been U-M's top scorer in each of the last two games, combining for 45 points. Fourteen of his 24 points came from the free throw line, as he went 14-for-15. Walton was one rebound shy of a double-double with nine rebounds and also dished out five assists. Moritz Wagner joined Walton in double figures with 10 points, while D.J. Wilson and Duncan Robinson each added eight points.

Michigan shot 34 percent (19-for-56) from the field, while the Spartans shot 52 percent (24-for-46). The Wolverines were 17-for-19 from the free throw line, shooting 89 percent for the game.

The rivalry matchup was close right from the opening tipoff. Mark Donnal came off the bench early, scoring five of U-M's first 10 points, including a three-pointer to beat the shot clock, to help Michigan hold a 10-9 lead at the first media timeout (13:59). Michigan State then went on a 9-0 run to take a 16-10 lead. The Wolverines slowed the run with five quick points, but the Spartans scored six unanswered points to take their largest lead of the first half, 22-15, with 5:56 remaining.

Michigan responded with a 9-0 run of their own over a 1:30 span, including Walton's first two field goals of the game, to regain the lead, 24-22, at the 3:56 mark. Down the stretch, MSU was in the bonus and got five of its last 10 points of the half at the charity stripe to take a 32-28 lead into the locker room at the half.

Walton came out firing in the second half, hitting two three-pointers in the first minute to tie the game, 34-34. With Michigan up 40-39 with 14:53 left in the game, Michigan State went on a 12-2 run, with U-M's only points coming on a pair of free throws from Walton, and the Spartans led 51-42 at the 10:57 mark.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman interrupted the run with a three-pointer, but MSU scored another six straight points to take its largest lead of the afternoon, 57-45, with 8:05 on the clock. Robinson then hit a triple, and Moritz followed with a basket to cut U-M's deficit back to seven, 57-50.

Free throws helped the Wolverines stay in the game down the stretch. Down 61-53, Walton was fouled while attempting a three and sank all three shots from the charity stripe to make it a five-point game, 61-56, with 3:16 left. The Wolverines and Spartans traded free throws for field goals in the final minutes, and six more free throws from Walton made it 66-62 with 21 seconds on the clock. Michigan was forced to foul MSU on its last two possessions, and the Spartans were 4-for-4 on free-throws to secure the 70-62 win and stop a three-game losing streak.

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The Wolverines will have a midweek bye before hosting Ohio State on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. inside Crisler Center. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2. [ Tickets ]

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