Michigan moves past Rutgers in defensive battle

Michigan got back to its winning ways Sunday afternoon, knocking off Rutgers 62-47 in the two teams’ only meeting this year.

The Wolverines struggled out of the gate offensively, making just one of their first 11 shots, but followed the rocky start with a 17-2 run, going up by double digits while still in the first half. While the Scarlet Knights climbed back into the game before the break, Michigan extended its lead in the second half, pulling away for the win.

Rutgers’ offense managed just one assist in the game, while turning it over 13 times.

The Wolverines were led by Moritz Wagner, who bounced back after a rough showing at Purdue, scoring 16 points and pulling down six rebounds. The Wolverines were led on the boards, oddly enough, by the shortest on-court player, with Zavier Simpson pulling down eight rebounds to go with his 10 points.

Duncan Robinson added 12 points to the scoring effort on 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc, while Charles Matthews also reached double figures with 10 points.

Improving to 17-5 on the season, and 6-3 in Big Ten play, Michigan will return to action on Thursday when they play Purdue at 7 p.m. eastern on ESPN. In the previous meeting with the Boilermakers, the Wolverines lost by one point on a controversial review and overturned out-of-bounds call, followed by a foul on the in-bounds pass at the other end that led to the go-ahead free throws.


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