|Wolverines survive high-scoring battle with Cowboys|
|Written by Matt Pargoff|
The Wolverines advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s round of 32, knocking off Oklahoma State 92-91 on Friday afternoon.
Both teams got off to a slow start on the offensive end, scoring just six points combined in the first four minutes, but the play of two exceptional point guards helped lead to a high scoring affair.
Caught up in a tie game midway through the second half, the Wolverines caught fire from outside, hitting four of their next five shots, all from beyond the arc. Claiming an eight point advantage during that stretch, Michigan still faced a tough challenge holding off the Cowboys, but made enough free throws at the end to close out the game.
Derrick Walton Jr. continued to carry the Wolverines forward, racking up 27 points and 11 assists in the game. D.J. Wilson scored 19 points, including two free throws in the final seconds, which proved to be the difference in the final score. Also making a big impact on the offensive end, Zak Irvin hit 4-of-6 shots from long range on the way to 16 points and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 15.
Like Walton, Oklahoma State’s Jawun Evans registered a double-double, scoring 23 points and making 11 assists.
The Wolverines advanced with the win to play Louisville on Sunday. The 2-seed Cardinals knocked off Jacksonville State 78-63 in their first game in the Tournament, improving to 25-8 on the season.
Louisville has alternated wins and losses over its last six games, falling in meetings with North Carolina, Wake Forest and Duke. The Wolverines and Cardinals last faced off in the 2013 championship game, with the Maize and Blue falling 82-76.