Dec. 22, 2016
» Michigan turned Furman's 13 turnovers into 23 points on the other end, while Furman got just six points off U-M's five turnovers.
» Moritz Wagner led Michigan with a game-high 18 points, while Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton Jr. each had double figures with 16 and 13 points, respectively.
» Michigan was a perfect 16-for-16 from the free throw line, shooting 100 percent from the line for the first time since the 2014-15 season.
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 68, Furman 62
Records: U-M (10-3), Furman (7-6)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Jan. 1 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), Time TBD [ TV: BTN ]
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In a close game in which there were 11 lead changes and eight ties, the University of Michigan men's basketball team edged Furman, 68-62, to close out its non-conference slate with a 10-3 record and give head coach John Beilein his 750th career win Thursday evening (Dec. 22) inside Crisler Center.
Beilein has 492 of those 750 career wins at the Division I level and is one shy of the 200-win mark with the Wolverines.
Moritz Wagner paced Michigan for the fourth time this season with a game-high 18 points, while Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton Jr. also scored in double figures with 16 and 13 points, respectively. Irvin matched his season high with seven assists, recording five or more for the fifth time this season.
The first half was a close affair, as Michigan's six-point halftime lead was the largest advantage by either team through the first 20 minutes. There were six lead changes and the game was tied on five different occasions.
Out of the locker room, Furman went on an 11-0 run to take a 36-31 lead at the 15:54 mark of the second half. D.J. Wilson stopped the run with Michigan's first points of the half at 15:29. Shortly after, Duncan Robinson and Walton had back-to-back and-ones that gave U-M a one-point edge, 39-38, at 13:49 and got the Crisler crowd on its feet. Midway through the second half, Michigan scored six unanswered points, capped by a steal and coast-to-coast layup from Robinson to put the Wolverines back up by five, 47-42.
Furman cut it to a one-point game, 55-54, with 6:08 remaining, but the Maize and Blue quickly increased its lead back to five in the final minutes. With under a minute to play, Furman trailed by just three points with possession but stepped out of bounds on the baseline to give U-M the ball back with 53.4 seconds on the clock. Walton hit a clutch three to make it 66-60, and then Furman was forced to foul, sending Walton to the line to sink a pair of free throws and seal the win.
With Walton's free throws, Michigan was a perfect 16-for-16 from the free throw line, shooting 100 percent from the line for the first time since the 2015 Big Ten Tournament against Illinois (8-for-8, March 12, 2015).
In the first half, Furman took an early 4-0 lead and maintained an edge through the early minutes, until five points from Wagner and a layup from Irvin helped the Wolverines briefly regain the lead, 7-6, at the 16:30 mark. The Paladins scored five unanswered points to take an 11-9 lead at the first media timeout (14:19).
Mark Donnal came off the bench to give the Wolverines a boost, scoring four points help tie the game at 13 at the second media timeout. After the break, three-pointers by Walton and Robinson and buckets by Irvin and Wagner gave the Maize and Blue a five-point lead, 23-18, with 6:24 remaining in the opening half. During that stretch, Michigan held Furman without a point for more than three minutes, but the Paladins responded with five straight points to tie the game once again.
U-M outscored Furman, 8-2, in the final five minutes of the half, with four points from Irvin and the final four points of the half from Wagner, to take a 31-25 lead into the halftime break.
Overall, Michigan forced Furman into 13 turnovers and converted them into 23 points on the other end, while Furman got just six points off U-M's five turnovers. The five turnovers are U-M's second-fewest of the season; the Wolverines have committed 10 or fewer in eight games this season.
After finishing the non-conference slate with a 10-3 mark, the Wolverines will ring in the New Year by kicking off Big Ten play on the road at Iowa on Sunday, Jan. 1, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The game time has not yet been announced and will be released no later than Monday (Dec. 26). The first conference matchup can be seen live on BTN.
-- Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) December 23, 2016
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