Wolverines Emerge Victorious in Home Thriller with Texas

Dec. 6, 2016

What You Need to Know
» Michigan led by as many as 10 points in the first half, but it was a much closer second half, as neither team led by more than three for the final 17-plus minutes of the game.
» U-M trailed by two points with less than two minutes left, before three points from Moritz Wagner (free throw and an offensive put-back) gave Michigan back the lead for good.
» Moritz Wagner led U-M in scoring for the second straight game with 15 points, while D.J. Wilson (13) and Duncan Robinson (12) also posted double-figure scoring.

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 53, Texas 50
Records: U-M (7-2), UT (4-4)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Dec. 10 -- at UCLA (Los Angeles, Calif.), 5 p.m. PST [ TV: ESPN2 ]

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After being down two points with less than two minutes to play, the University of Michigan men's basketball team got key points from Moritz Wagner and used tough team defense to stop Texas and earn a 53-50 win on Tuesday night (Dec. 6) inside Crisler Center.

The Wolverines led by as many as 10 points in the first half, but it was a much closer second half, as neither team led by more than three for the final 17-plus minutes of the game.

Men's Basketball vs. Texas

For the second straight game, Wagner led Michigan in scoring with 15 points. He put together a complete game, also adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a key block on the last defensive possession of the game. It marks Wagner's fourth consecutive game in double figures in points and fifth this season. D.J. Wilson also posted double figures with 13 points, and Duncan Robinson scored 12 points. Robinson has a history of playing well against the Longhorns, as he had 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 4-for-5 from long range, in last year's win over Texas in the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Out of the halftime break, a Wagner bucket and a triple by Wilson put Michigan up by six, 36-30, before Texas went on a 10-1 run and took the lead for the first time since the early minutes of the first half, 40-37, forcing U-M to call time out at 13:56. Over the next six-plus minutes, the game remained close, as the game was tied once, and there were three lead changes during that span, and Michigan led 45-44, at the third media timeout (7:18).

After the timeout, Texas scored four quick unanswered points to go up by three, 48-45, but Zak Irvin responded with a three-pointer -- his first points of the night -- to tie the game once again. Irvin's three-pointer marked the 200th of his career.

Kerwin Roach Jr. scored for the Longhorns with 1:56 remaining to give them a two-point lead, 50-48. Wanger once again helped Michigan take back the lead, hitting 1-of-2 free throws, and then with 16 seconds left he grabbed an offensive rebound and finished the put-back to make it 51-50 Wolverines. Texas had a chance to win it on their final possession, but lock-down defense kept the Longhorns' chances limited, and Wanger blocked their shot attempt.

Tweet of the Game

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman grabbed the loose ball off Wagner's block, and Texas was forced to foul. Abdur-Rahkman knocked down both free throws.

After trailing 3-2 in the early minutes of the game, back-to-back baskets by Wilson regained the lead for the Wolverines for the remainder of the half. U-M used a 9-0 run, which featured seven points from Robinson, to build its first 10-point lead of the night, 21-11, and force Texas to call timeout with 9:51 left in the opening half.

Michigan maintained a 10-point advantage through the six-minute mark until the Longhorns constructed a 6-0 run of their own to cut U-M's lead to four, 26-22, which resulted in a Wolverine timeout. Texas slightly outscored Michigan, 6-5, down the stretch, including a three-point play and a three-pointer just before the buzzer to make it a three-point game at the half, 31-28.

After going 3-1 in a four-game homestand, the Wolverines will now head west to face No. 2 UCLA on Saturday (Dec. 10) at 5 p.m. PST inside the Bruins' Pauley Pavilion. The game can be see live on ESPN2.

Communications Contact: Tom Wywrot

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