U-M Sees Lead Slip in B1G/ACC Challenge Loss to Hokies

Nov. 30, 2016

What You Need to Know
» Michigan led for the first 37-plus minutes of the game, going up by as many as 15 points in the first half, but Virginia Tech clawed back to take its first lead with 2:18 remaining and stole a 73-70 win for the ACC in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
» Zak Irvin led four players in double figures with a season- and game-high 23 points on 10-of-20 shooting from the field.
» With the loss, Michigan is now 7-9 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, including 4-4 in games played at Crisler Center.

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Event: Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Score: Virginia Tech 73, Michigan 70
Records: U-M (5-2), VT (6-1)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Dec. 3 -- vs. Kennesaw State (Crisler Center), 1 p.m. [ BTN Plus ]

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team led for more than 37 minutes of the game until Virginia Tech clawed its way back to take the lead and squeak out a 73-70 win for the ACC in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday night (Nov. 30) inside Crisler Center.

Zak Irvin led the Wolverines with a season- and game-high 23 points on 10-of-20 shooting from the field. Duncan Robinson also had a season-high 15 points, while Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Moritz Wagner chipped in with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Collectively, the Wolverines hit 10 three-pointers, reaching double-digit threes for the second straight game and third time this season.

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After leading by as much as 15 in the first half and holding a nine-point advantage at the half, Michigan quickly had its lead cut to one, 45-44, by the 14:09 mark of the second half. Wagner helped the Wolverines keep their lead, scoring U-M's first six points of the half.

Michigan responded with a layup from Irvin, and then Robinson got the Crisler crowd on its feet after drawing a charge and then nailing a three on the other end to put U-M back up by six, 50-44, and force Virginia Tech to call a timeout at 13:04. The Wolverines eventually built their lead back to 10 when Abdur-Rahkman beat the shot-clock buzzer with a three-pointer over his defender (60-50, 8:13).

Virginia Tech slowly chipped away at U-M's lead, cutting it to two after D.J. Wilson's fifth foul of the game gave the Hokies two free throws, to make it 65-63 at the 3:03 mark. With 1:46 left in the game, Seth Allen hit a jumper for Virginia Tech to give the Hokies their first lead of the game, 68-67, and then Allen added another three to put VT up four, 71-67, with 1:02 left.

Robinson kept the Wolverines in the game, hitting his third three of the night, bringing them within one, 71-70, with 42 seconds to play. Robinson then drew his fourth charge, as Virginia Tech was called for a push-off foul, to give U-M the ball back with 29 second left. Irvin missed a pull-up jumper on the other end, and U-M was forced to foul, giving the Hokies another pair of free throws. Down three, 73-70, with 3.9 seconds, Michigan went the length of the court, and Robinson got off a three-point attempt at the buzzer that came up just short, giving the Hokies the narrow victory. With the loss, Michigan is 7-9 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

In the first half, Irvin ignited Michigan's scoring early on, scoring the first five points of the game in 1:16, and the Wolverines quickly built a 9-3 lead by the first media timeout. Irvin's first field goal of the night was a three-pointer, the first of seven first-half triples for the Maize and Blue.

Robinson came off the bench to hit his first three of the night, and then Abdur-Rahkman scored five straight, including a three-pointer, to put Michigan up 13, 17-4, less than seven minutes into the game (13:10). Virginia Tech ended nearly a three-minute scoring drought with consecutive buckets, but Irvin and Derrick Walton Jr. responded with back-to-back triples to give U-M its largest lead of the first half, 23-8, with 11:08 remaining in the opening half.

The Wolverines maintained a double-digit lead for the next eight minutes until the Hokies used solid three-throw shooting and a three-pointer from Allen to cut U-M's lead to eight, 34-26, with 2:11 left on the clock. Virginia Tech got the last basket of the first half, as Justin Robinson converted a layup just before the halftime buzzer to make it a nine-point game, 39-30.

Michigan committed just nine turnovers on the night, staying under 10 for the third time this season, while the Wolverines forced Virginia Tech into 14 turnovers and outscored the Hokies 23-9 in points off turnovers.

The Wolverines will remain at home for their next contest, welcoming Kennesaw State to Ann Arbor on Saturday (Dec. 3). The game is slated for a 1 p.m. tipoff inside Crisler Center and will be streamed live on BTN Plus. [ Tickets ]

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