Michigan unable to keep up after fast start at UNC
Written by Matt Pargoff   

 

The Wolverines got off to a fast start at North Carolina on Wednesday evening, making their first eight shots and staying on pace to 98-point game through the first 13 minutes of play. Trailing by just two points that deep into the game, the Maize and Blue suddenly went cold, surrendering a 17-5 run in the remainder of the half, ultimately falling 86-71 in the game.

While Duncan Robinson hit a three pointer to pull Michigan within two in the first half, he was unable to convert a layup on a fast break to tie the game seconds later, seeming to shift momentum in favor of the home team. The Tar Heels scored the next 11 points in the game, pulling away.

The Wolverines trailed by as many as 29 points in the second half as they continued to struggle in defending North Carolina’s hot offense. Michigan was able to chip away at the deficit late, but never pulled back to within more than 13 points.

Moritz Wagner led the way for the Wolverines with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Charles Matthews scored 12 points. Ultimately, 12 Michigan players contributed to the scoring effort.

The loss drops Michigan to 6-2 on the season, with the Big Ten going an atrocious 2-11 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge with one game remaining.

The Wolverines return to action on Saturday, playing host to Indiana at 12:30 p.m. eastern with television coverage provided by CBS.


 

 
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