Wolverines Knock Off No. 11 Badgers Behind Wagner, Irvin

Feb. 16, 2017

What You Need to Know
» Michigan earned its first win over a ranked opponent of the season and handed Big Ten-leading Wisconsin its second straight conference loss and fifth loss of the season.
» Michigan trailed by eight points early in the second half but used a 9-0 run midway through the half to take the lead for good with 9:30 to go.
» Moritz Wagner turned in his third 20-point performance of the season, finishing with 21 points, while Zak Irvin added 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
» With his five rebounds tonight, Derrick Walton Jr. became the first player in program history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists.

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 64, #11 Wisconsin 58
Records: U-M (17-9, 7-6 B1G), Wisconsin (21-5, 10-3 B1G)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 19 -- at Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.), 6 p.m. CST [ TV: BTN ]

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Behind 21 points from Moritz Wagner and 18 from Zak Irvin, the University of Michigan men's basketball team upset Wisconsin (No. 11 AP, No. 10 ESPN/USA Today), 64-58, Thursday night (Feb. 16) inside Crisler Center, handing the Big Ten-leading Badgers their second straight Big Ten loss and just fifth of the season.

Wagner led U-M with 12 first-half points and helped ward off the Badgers' comeback efforts, finishing with 21 points -- his third 20-point performance of the season. After Irvin's streak of 12 straight games with double-digit points was interrupted by four games with five or less, he put together a complete game tonight, recording 18 points, including 13 in the second half, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

With his five rebounds tonight, Derrick Walton Jr. became the first player in program history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists. He finished the night with five points and five boards and matched a season high with eight assists, giving him 1,254 points, 503 rebounds and 412 assists in his career.

Men's Basketball vs. Wisconsin

The Maize and Blue got off to a quick start, taking an 8-2 lead, including a 6-0 run that forced Wisconsin to call an early timeout at the 16:37 mark. The Badgers then went on a 9-2 run to take their first lead of the game, 11-10, with 12:17 remaining in the opening half.

The Wolverines caught fire from three-point range, as two triples from Duncan Robinson sandwiched one from Wagner to put Michigan back up by six, 21-15, with 8:52 on the clock. Wisconsin's Ethan Happ then scored six unanswered points to tie the game. The game was tied on four occasions over the last seven and a half minutes of the first stanza. With 1:35 left in the half, UW took its largest lead of the half, 31-27, but Walton closed the half with a three-pointer to make it a one-point game in favor of Wisconsin at the half, 31-30.

Wisconsin started the second half on a 7-0 run to extend its lead to eight, 38-30, less than three minutes in. The Wolverines came right back with an 8-2 run, capped by a three-pointer from Wagner and a transition dunk from D.J. Wilson on the assist from Irvin that got the Crisler crowd on its feet.

The game remained close through the middle of the second half, as it was tied once and there were four lead changes, and Wisconsin led 47-45 with 10:47 to play. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman then scored six consecutive points, including a rare four-point play, as he was fouled as he sank a fadeaway three in the corner to beat the shot clock. Irvin added a three-pointer to give U-M a seven-point lead, 54-47, and force Wisconsin to call a timeout with 7:05 left to play.

After a Badger three-pointer, Wagner hit back-to-back field goals, highlighted by a monster highlight dunk on an assist from Abdur-Rahkman (watch below), to help U-M maintain a 58-50 advantage.

With less than three minutes to play, Walton found Irvin in transition for a dunk, Wagner sank another long-range bucket, and Michigan took its largest lead of the evening, 63-54, with 1:09 on the clock. The Badgers scored four points in the final minute, but the Wolverines thwarted their comeback efforts.

Overall, Michigan (23-for-50, 46 percent) and Wisconsin (23-for-60, 38 percent) both hit 23 field goals, with U-M sinking nine threes and the Badgers hitting just three. The win gave U-M its first win over a ranked opponent since March 11, 2016 against Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament.

Tweet of the Game

The Wolverines will head back on the road to face Minnesota on Sunday (Feb. 19) at 6 p.m. CST inside Williams Arena. The game will be televised on BTN.

Audio Highlights

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