Big First Half Catapults U-M into 2K Classic Championship

Nov. 17, 2016

What You Need to Know
» D.J. Wilson's first career double-double (10 points and 12 rebounds) was one of five double-figure scoring performances, joining Zak Irvin (16), Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (15), Mark Donnal (15) and Duncan Robinson (10).
» Michigan led by 24 points, 50-26, at halftime after giving up just seven points in the final 10 minutes of the first half.
» With tonight's win, Michigan is a perfect 3-0 in the 2K Classic and advances to play SMU in the title game on Friday (Nov. 18, 7 p.m.) at Madison Square Garden.

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Site: New York, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)
Event: 2K Classic Championship Round
Score: Michigan 79, Marquette 61
Records: U-M (3-0), MU (2-1)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 18 -- vs. SMU - 2K Classic Championship (New York, N.Y.), 7 p.m. [ TV: ESPN2 ]

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team built a 24-point halftime lead and went on to defeat Marquette, 79-61, on Thursday night (Nov. 17) inside Madison Square Garden to earn a spot in the 2K Classic Championship game.

Michigan will have a quick turnaround, preparing to take on SMU tomorrow evening (Friday, Nov. 18) in the 2K Classic Championship game at Madison Square Garden. SMU defeated Pittsburgh, 76-67, earlier tonight. The title game is set to tip off at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

D.J. Wilson's first career double-double, which consisted of 10 points and 12 rebounds, was one of five double-figure scoring performances from the Wolverines. Zak Irvin posted a team-high 16 points, followed by Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Mark Donnal with 15 points each, and Duncan Robinson with 10.

As a team, Michigan shot a season-high 51 percent (27-for-53) from the floor while holding Marquette to 41-percent shooting (22-for-54). In the first half, the Wolverines put together their best shooting half of the young season, converting 16 of 28 attempts (57 percent), including 6-for-11 (55 percent) from behind the arc.

The game remained close early on with neither team leading by more than five through the first seven-plus minutes. With the game tied at 15 with 13 minutes left in the first half, Michigan exploded on a 12-2 run that featured a pair of three-pointers from Robinson, a triple from Donnal and an old-fashioned three-point play from Abdur-Rahkman to put the Maize and Blue up 27-17 with at the midway point of the opening half.

Following a bucket by Marquette's Luke Fischer (9:46), the Wolverines did now allow a Golden Eagle field goal for four minutes, going on an 11-1 run, led by four points each from Irvin and Abdur-Rahkman, to take a 38-20 advantage.

Overall, Michigan gave up just seven points on the defensive end in the final nine-plus minutes of the first half to take a 50-26 lead into the locker room. The last time U-M posted 50 points in a half was against Bryant last season (Dec. 23, 2015), when it put up 57 in the first half.

The Wolverines continued their scoring dominance at the start of the second half, tallying the first five points to take their largest lead of the game, 55-26, at 18:19. The two teams then traded runs and a quick 6-0 run by U-M, capped by a monstrous off-the-dribble dunk by Moritz Wagner, helped Michigan maintain a 26-point lead. Marquette then responded with a 10-0 run of its own and continued to chip away at Michigan's lead, cutting it as close at 12 points, 67-55, with 5:31 to play in the game, but that was as close as they came. Wilson had four of his 10 points down the stretch, including an alley oop from Derrick Walton Jr., to help keep the game out of Marquette's reach.

Under head coach John Beilein, Michigan is now 5-1 in games played in New York City.

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