Dec. 10, 2016
» The Wolverines trailed by just five points with less than eight minutes remaining in the game, but U-M hit just three field goals in the final seven minutes, and UCLA pulled away, leading by as much as 20 points in the final minute.
» With his nine points tonight, Derrick Walton Jr. becomes the 51st Wolverine in program history to score 1,000 career points.
» Five Michigan players scored in double figures -- Zak Irvin (18), Duncan Robinson (13), Mark Donnal (12), Moritz Wagner and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (11).
Site: Los Angeles, Calif. (Pauley Pavilion)
Score: #2 UCLA 102, Michigan 84
Records: U-M (7-3), UCLA (10-0)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, Dec. 13 -- vs. Central Arkansas (Crisler Center), 9 p.m. [ TV: BTN ]
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team was tied at the half against UCLA (No. 2 AP, No. 2 ESPN/USA Today) after a thrilling first half that saw 22 three-pointers from the two teams, but the Bruins pulled away in the second half, winning, 102-84, to remain unbeaten at 10-0 on Saturday night (Dec. 10) inside Pauley Pavilion.
U-M finished the game shooting season highs from three-point range, 54 percent (14-for-26), and the free throw line, 92 percent (12-for-13), but UCLA shot 67 percent (39-for-58) from the field, including 63 percent (15-for-24) from three. Overall, the Wolverines shot 50 percent from the floor (29-for-58), hitting the 50-percent mark for the fourth time this season.
Zak Irvin led five players in double figures with 18 points and also dished out seven assists, recording five or more assists for the second time in as many games and fourth time this season. Irvin hit a season-high four three-pointers on 4-for-6 shooting from long range. Mark Donnal was perfect from the floor, going 5-for-5, including 2-for-2 from behind the arc, to finish with 12 points. Duncan Robinson added 13 points, and Moritz Wagner and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman each chipped in with 11.
With his nine points tonight, Derrick Walton Jr. became the 51st Wolverine in program history to score 1,000 career points.
-- Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) December 11, 2016
The first half was one for the history books, as the two teams combined for 22 three-pointers, with both sides shooting better than 70 percent from beyond the arc. The Wolverines were 12-for-16 from downtown, while the Bruins went 10-for-14. Michigan's first 18 points of the game came from long distance, as it was 6-for-8 from three to start the game.
The game remained close through the first five-plus minutes of the game, when it was tied three different times, and U-M led, 15-14, at the 14:23 mark. Walton, Wagner (2), D.J. Wilson and Abdur-Rahkman each hit threes during that stretch, before UCLA went on a 7-0 run to go up by six, 21-15, with 12:42 remaining in the first half. Irvin then stopped the run, hitting his first three-pointer of the night.
Despite scoring 15 points over the next seven minutes -- nine of which came on three-pointers, including two triples from Robinson -- Michigan trailed, 39-33, with 5:31 left to play in the opening half. The Wolverines then produced an 11-0 run, compliments of five points from Robinson and back-to-back threes from Irvin, to regain the lead, 46-41, with 3:19 to play in the half.
With 1:22 on the clock, the Maize and Blue took its largest lead of the game, 48-41, on a layup from Wilson. UCLA closed the gap down the stretch, and Bruin Lonzo Ball hit a long three with five ticks on the clock to make it a tie game at the half, 50-50.
In the second half, the Bruins took their first double-digit lead of the night, 65-55, at the 14:45 mark. Michigan kept the game close, cutting UCLA's lead to five points on four different occasions over the next six-plus minutes, and U-M trailed 77-72 with 7:53 remaining in the contest. Donnal had seven of his 12 points during that stretch.
The Bruins rebuilt a 10-point lead, but with 5:39 on the clock, Irvin hit a jumper to cut it to nine, 87-78. UCLA then went on a quick 7-0 run to go up by 16, 94-78, and put the game out of reach. Michigan hit a dry spell and went five minutes without a field goal, hitting four free throws during that stretch, until Ibi Watson hit a jumper with 23 seconds left to produce the final score.
The Wolverines will now head back home to host three consecutive non-conference opponents, starting with Central Arkansas on Tuesday (Dec. 13) at 9 p.m. inside Crisler Center. The game can be see live on BTN.
Communications Contact: Tom Wywrot