|Michigan holds off Nebraska in high scoring victory|
|Written by Matt Pargoff|
If improving the defense was a primary goal, Michigan came out of Saturday’s matchup with Nebraska still with a lot of room to grow. Entering the contest on a two-game losing skid though, the Wolverines were happy to grab a 91-85 victory, holding off the Cornhuskers to pull even in conference play.
The Maize and Blue led for the whole game, but struggled to distance themselves, surviving an offensive onslaught from Tai Webster, who had 28 points and nine rebounds, and Glynn Watson Jr., who scored 22. Nebraska racked up a season best 44 points in the paint, which also marked a worst moment for the Michigan interior defense.
Both teams made half their three-point attempts, with Derrick Walton Jr. exploding in the final seven minutes to help lock up the win. Limited by foul trouble in the first half, he scored 14 of his 20 points in the game in that late stretch.
Walton was joined on the scoring end by Moritz Wagner, who had 23 points and six rebounds, and Zak Irvin, who scored 21 and made seven assists.
Improving to 2-2 in conference play and 12-6 overall, the Wolverines will travel to Wisconsin on Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. eastern, with television coverage for that game provided by ESPN.
Check out video below of John Beilein, Walton, Irvin and D.J. Wilson discussing the win over Nebraska.