Wolverines push past Illinois heading into tough stretch
Written by Matt Pargoff   

The Wolverines trailed for much of the first half against Illinois on Saturday, falling behind by as many as eight points, before bouncing back late. Michigan’s late surge continued in the second half with the Maize and Blue controlling play and securing a 79-69 victory.

The Wolverines had six players reach double digits in scoring, with Moritz Wagner leading the way with 14 points. Wagner struggled in his first game back from an ankle injury against Iowa, but had a strong outing against the Fighting Illini, also pulling down seven rebounds and blocking three shots.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Duncan Robinson each scored 13 points, while Isaiah Livers had 12, Jordan Poole 11 and Charles Matthews 10.

Improving to 14-3 on the season, the Wolverines have their best record through 17 games since 2012-13, but will face a tougher challenge in the near future. Michigan plays host No. 13 Purdue on Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. eastern (ESPN television), travelling to No. 1 Michigan State on Saturday at noon (Fox television).


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