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Michigan delivers 3-point punch to knock out Oklahoma St.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Derrick Walton Jr. stuck to the plan Friday.

He kept running the Michigan Wolverines offense against an aggressive Oklahoma State defense and eventually things fell into place. Again.

Walton scored 26 points and had 11 assists as the Wolverines made a school record 16 3-pointers in an NCAA Tournament game, getting past Oklahoma State 92-91 in the first round of the Midwest Regional.

''We haven't played a team that got up into us in a minute. It's hard to simulate that in practice,'' Walton said. ''In the second half, I settled down. I wanted to make the right play consistently.''

Coach John Beilein had no complaints.

Seventh-seeded Michigan needed every point it could muster in a game that ended with a parade to the free-throw line, a buzzer-beating 3-pointer and a foe that refused to go away.

The difference: Poise and emotion, the same components that helped Michigan (25-11) overcome last week's harrowing plane mishap to sweep four games in four days at the Big Ten Tournament.

Early Friday, it looked like Michigan's momentum was waning. The Wolverines (25-11) looked out of sync and out of sorts in the first half.

But rather than change the game plan, Walton followed the script, steadied his team and the shots started going.

While Michigan made only five shots inside the arc in the second half, it went 11 of 15 from 3-point range - drawing increasingly louder roars from the crowd and more bewilderment from first-year Cowboys coach Brad Underwood.

Walton wound up 6 of 9 on 3s, and Zak Irvin made four more in front of his hometown crowd. Irvin finished with 16 points.

''You go 11 for 15, that's hard enough to do in a gym by yourself,'' Underwood said. ''We shot 55 percent in the NCAA Tournament and just lost in the first round, outrebounded an opponent 40-21 and you lose.''

For Michigan there was no victory celebration - only relief after winning the highest-scoring game in this year's tourney.

The Wolverines have won six in a row and need one more to reach their first Sweet 16 since 2014.

Juwan Evans scored 23 points and Jeffrey Carroll had 19 to lead Oklahoma State (20-13), but the nation's eighth-highest scoring team just couldn't keep up with Michigan's 3-point barrage.

The 10th-seeded Cowboys finished the season with four straight losses and haven't won an NCAA game since 2009.

Michigan erased a six-point second-half deficit with a run of four 3s, the last from Walton with 12:28 to go to take a 62-61 lead. They made three more in another flurry to take a 76-68 lead with 6:47 to go.

But the Cowboys rallied, cutting the deficit to two twice in the final 8 seconds - only to watch the Wolverines close it out at the free-throw line.

''Shooting the ball from 3 is part of our package,'' Beilein said. ''Today we were really good at hitting the open man. We valued every possession.''

BIG PICTURE

Michigan: The Wolverines certainly have momentum. After winning four games in four days to claim the Big Ten Tournament title, Michigan might be the hottest team left in the tourney field.

Oklahoma State: For the Cowboys, the NCAA Tournament has been problematic. They've won only one NCAA game since 2006 and will have to wait at least another year to improve on that.

KEY STATS

In addition to shooting 64 percent from the field in the second half and 51.8 percent for the game, the Wolverines had only four turnovers. They came into the game leading the nation at 9.42 per game.

D.J. Wilson had 19 points and four blocks for the Wolverines.

UP NEXT

Michigan faces second-seeded Louisville on Sunday in Indianapolis. The Cardinals beat Jacksonville State 78-63. Michigan and Louisville last met in the 2013 national championship game, which the Cardinals won 82-76.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 3 Jawun Evans made 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
+ 1 D.J. Wilson made 2nd of 2 free throws 4.0
+ 1 D.J. Wilson made 1st of 2 free throws 4.0
  Personal foul on Davon Dillard 4.0
+ 2 Jawun Evans made layup 4.0
+ 1 Derrick Walton Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 10.0
+ 1 Derrick Walton Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 10.0
  Personal foul on Leyton Hammonds 10.0
+ 2 Davon Dillard made layup 11.0
  Offensive rebound by Davon Dillard 11.0
  Jawun Evans missed layup 13.0
Points 91 92
Field Goals 35-64 (54.7%) 29-56 (51.8%)
3-Pointers 7-16 (43.8%) 16-29 (55.2%)
Free Throws 14-16 (87.5%) 18-22 (81.8%)
Total Rebounds 40 21
Offensive 12 3
Defensive 22 13
Team 6 5
Assists 17 19
Steals 3 5
Blocks 3 6
Turnovers 10 4
Fouls 22 14
Technicals 0 0
1
J. Evans G
23 PTS, 7 REB, 12 AST
10
D. Walton Jr. G
26 PTS, 5 REB, 11 AST
12T
10 Oklahoma State 20-13 405191
7 Michigan 25-11415192
Team Stats
Oklahoma State 20-13 85.7 PPG 40.1 RPG 14.7 APG
23 Michigan 25-11 75.2 PPG 31.6 RPG 13.9 APG
Key Players
1
J. Evans G 19.2 PPG 3.4 RPG 6.4 APG 43.8 FG%
10
D. Walton Jr. G 15.4 PPG 4.8 RPG 4.9 APG 43.2 FG%
Top Scorers
1
J. Evans G 23 PTS 7 REB 12 AST
10
D. Walton Jr. G 26 PTS 5 REB 11 AST
54.7 FG% 51.8
43.8 3PT FG% 55.2
87.5 FT% 81.8
Oklahoma State
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Evans 36 23 7 12 0 0 4 3 10/26 1/3 2/3 0 7
J. Carroll 35 19 5 0 0 1 1 2 6/8 3/4 4/4 0 5
P. Forte III 34 12 2 2 0 0 0 1 4/9 1/4 3/3 1 1
L. Hammonds 22 10 7 1 0 1 0 5 4/6 1/3 1/1 3 4
M. Solomon 32 8 8 0 2 1 1 3 4/6 0/0 0/0 5 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Evans 36 23 7 12 0 0 4 3 10/26 1/3 2/3 0 7
J. Carroll 35 19 5 0 0 1 1 2 6/8 3/4 4/4 0 5
P. Forte III 34 12 2 2 0 0 0 1 4/9 1/4 3/3 1 1
L. Hammonds 22 10 7 1 0 1 0 5 4/6 1/3 1/1 3 4
M. Solomon 32 8 8 0 2 1 1 3 4/6 0/0 0/0 5 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Dillard 19 12 3 0 0 0 1 5 5/7 1/2 1/2 2 1
C. McGriff 7 4 2 1 0 0 1 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 1
L. Waters III 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 3/3 0 0
B. Averette 8 0 0 1 1 0 2 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
T. Shine - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Underwood - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Lienhard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Dziagwa - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. N'Guessan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Reeves - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Michigan
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Walton Jr. 39 26 5 11 2 1 3 3 7/13 6/9 6/7 1 4
D. Wilson 40 19 5 1 0 4 1 1 6/12 1/3 6/6 1 4
Z. Irvin 40 16 1 3 1 0 0 0 6/11 4/6 0/0 0 1
M. Abdur-Rahkman 38 16 0 4 1 1 0 3 6/11 3/6 1/1 0 0
M. Wagner 14 6 3 0 0 0 0 2 2/4 0/1 2/2 1 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Walton Jr. 39 26 5 11 2 1 3 3 7/13 6/9 6/7 1 4
D. Wilson 40 19 5 1 0 4 1 1 6/12 1/3 6/6 1 4
Z. Irvin 40 16 1 3 1 0 0 0 6/11 4/6 0/0 0 1
M. Abdur-Rahkman 38 16 0 4 1 1 0 3 6/11 3/6 1/1 0 0
M. Wagner 14 6 3 0 0 0 0 2 2/4 0/1 2/2 1 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Robinson 19 8 2 0 0 0 0 3 2/5 2/4 2/4 0 2
M. Donnal 8 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 0
X. Simpson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
A. Dakich - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Lonergan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Hibbitts - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Teske - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Watson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Wright-Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -