|Wolverines dominant in win over Michigan State|
|Written by Matt Pargoff|
Taking on Michigan State for the second time in nine days, the Wolverines hoped to avenge an eight-point loss on the road in the previous meeting. To say they accomplished that goal would be huge understatement. Riding a hot shooting start and strong defensive effort that forced 21 turnovers, Michigan blew out its in-state rival Tuesday evening, claiming an 86-57 victory.
“We’ve really worked so hard all year long and it hasn’t always paid off the way you’d like it to,” noted Michigan head coach John Beilein. “Today, like in the Indiana game, everything was really in sync. We just really played well over a really good team.”
Hitting 75.0% of their shots, including a 72.7% effort from beyond the arc, it didn’t take long for the Wolverines to pull away, taking a 26-point lead into halftime.
“I was very disappointed in the game, of course. It started out bad and got worse,” said Michigan State’s Tom Izzo. “I think our freshmen looked like a bunch of freshmen against a bunch of juniors and seniors. Give [Michigan] credit: They had a purpose.”
Derrick Walton continued with his strong play of late, leading the way for the Maize and Blue with 20 points, eight assists and five rebounds. Reaching the 20-point mark for the fourth straight game, he became only the third Wolverine to have scored 1,000 points while also pulling down at least 400 rebounds and making 400 assists, joining Gary Grant and Jalen Rose.
Moritz Wagner added 19 points to the scoring effort for Michigan, while Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 16.
The victory moved the Wolverines to 15-9 on the season and 5-6 in Big Ten play. Up next, they will travel to Indiana, taking on the Hoosiers on Sunday at 1 p.m. eastern time. In the previous meeting, Michigan won 90-60.
Check out post-game video from the Michigan State contest below, including John Beilein, Tom Izzo, and players Moritz Wagner, Xavier Simpson and Derrick Walton Jr.