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Wagner comes up big as Michigan edges Texas 53-50

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Moe Wagner slapped at the ball with his right hand, and it popped straight up in the air.

For a moment, it looked like a possible foul.

''As far as I know, I blocked it,'' Wagner said.

The officials concurred, and Michigan held on for a 53-50 victory over Texas on Tuesday night. Wagner gave the Wolverines the lead on a putback with 18.8 seconds remaining, and then the sophomore blocked a shot by Eric Davis Jr. at the other end.

Wagner led the Wolverines (7-2) with 15 points, and the 6-foot-11 forward from Germany made the biggest plays down the stretch. When Zak Irvin missed a driving layup, Wagner came up with the rebound and scored to put Michigan up 51-50.

''I thought he was terrific,'' Texas coach Shaka Smart said. ''I thought he was the best player on the floor tonight.''

The Wolverines hounded Texas (4-4) on the next possession, and Davis drove down the left edge of the lane. Wagner blocked his path, and the Texas guard tried to force a tough shot over him. Wagner contested it , and the ball never made it to the basket.

''Could've gotten a better one,'' Davis said. ''Any one of us could've taken it.''

Muhammad-Ali Abdur Rahkman ripped the loose ball away for Michigan, then made two free throws with 2.5 seconds to play. The Longhorns could only manage a desperation shot from around midcourt.

Tevin Mack led Texas with 18 points, 13 coming in the first half.

D.J. Wilson scored 13 points for Michigan, and Duncan Robinson added 12.

BIG PICTURE

Texas: This was the first true road game of the season for the Longhorns, and they nearly pulled it out in a tight, defensive struggle. Texas held Irvin to only three points after he entered as Michigan's top scorer. The Longhorns shot only 38.5 percent from the field, which was ultimately their undoing.

Michigan: The Wolverines let a home game slip away against Virginia Tech last week, and they had to scrap their way to this victory. Michigan wants to become a better defensive team this season, and in that sense, this was a positive step - especially on the key possession at the end. The Wolverines, who had fouls to give, played aggressively, and Wagner came up with the block.

''With Moe's emergence right now - and he's a long ways away - but it gives us another way to play,'' Michigan coach John Beilein said.

STRUGGLES

Michigan didn't get much scoring from its two senior starters. Irvin was scoreless until his 3-pointer with 4:03 remaining tied it at 48. After that shot went in, he raised both his arms skyward in apparent relief.

Derrick Walton had only seven points and five turnovers for the Wolverines. He needs nine more points to reach 1,000.

''You don't see us win many where it's just about - our defense was gritty,'' Beilein said. ''It was tough in the last two minutes. Everything it wasn't in the Virginia Tech last two or three minutes, it was tonight, where our kids just sat down and guarded. Nobody could make a shot. It was not a pretty offensive game, but we got done what we had to get done.''

UP NEXT

Texas: The Longhorns return home to face Long Beach State on Saturday.

Michigan: The Wolverines take on another big-name opponent when they play at No. 2 UCLA on Saturday. The unbeaten Bruins will be Michigan's last road opponent before conference play.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Offensive rebound by Texas 0.0
  Jacob Young missed 3-pt. jump shot 0.0
+ 1 Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman made 2nd of 2 free throws 2.0
+ 1 Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman made 2nd of 2 free throws 2.0
+ 1 Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman made 1st of 2 free throws 2.0
  Personal foul on Jacob Young 2.0
  Defensive rebound by Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman 4.0
  Eric Davis Jr. missed jump shot, blocked by Moritz Wagner 6.0
  Personal foul on Derrick Walton Jr. 14.0
  Personal foul on Derrick Walton Jr. 14.0
+ 2 Moritz Wagner made layup 15.0
Team Stats
Points 50 53
Field Goals 20-52 (38.5%) 20-48 (41.7%)
3-Pointers 5-16 (31.3%) 6-19 (31.6%)
Free Throws 5-6 (83.3%) 7-11 (63.6%)
Total Rebounds 31 28
Offensive 4 3
Defensive 22 22
Team 5 3
Assists 11 12
Steals 6 8
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 14 12
Fouls 15 9
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
15 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Texas 4-4 282250
home team logo Michigan 7-2 312253
Team Stats
away team logo Texas 4-4 71.7 PPG 37.1 RPG 13.0 APG
home team logo Michigan 7-2 70.4 PPG 38.1 RPG 13.2 APG
Key Players
00
T. Mack G/F PPG RPG APG FG%
00
M. Wagner F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
T. Mack G/F 18 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
M. Wagner F 15 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
38.5 FG% 41.7
31.3 3PT FG% 31.6
83.3 FT% 63.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Mack 18 5 1 5/11 3/6 5/6 2 37 1 0 2 0 5
A. Jones 7 0 1 3/7 1/1 0/0 2 16 0 1 1 0 0
S. Cleare 6 4 0 3/5 0/0 0/0 3 24 0 0 0 0 4
J. Allen 6 4 2 3/6 0/0 0/0 5 23 1 1 4 2 2
K. Roach Jr. 4 5 5 2/8 0/1 0/0 1 29 0 0 3 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Mack 18 5 1 5/11 3/6 5/6 2 37 1 0 2 0 5
A. Jones 7 0 1 3/7 1/1 0/0 2 16 0 1 1 0 0
S. Cleare 6 4 0 3/5 0/0 0/0 3 24 0 0 0 0 4
J. Allen 6 4 2 3/6 0/0 0/0 5 23 1 1 4 2 2
K. Roach Jr. 4 5 5 2/8 0/1 0/0 1 29 0 0 3 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Davis Jr. 6 3 0 3/11 0/4 0/0 1 31 2 0 2 0 3
J. Young 3 1 0 1/4 1/4 0/0 1 21 0 0 1 1 0
K. Yancy 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 8 0 0 0 0 1
J. Banks 0 3 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 11 2 2 1 0 3
M. Isom - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. McClurg - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hobbs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Schwartz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 50 26 11 20/52 5/16 5/6 15 200 6 4 14 4 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Wagner 15 5 2 7/13 0/3 1/3 3 26 2 1 2 2 3
D. Wilson 13 6 2 5/6 2/2 1/2 3 36 2 2 0 1 5
D. Walton Jr. 7 3 2 3/9 1/5 0/0 1 39 2 0 5 0 3
Z. Irvin 3 4 5 1/8 1/2 0/0 1 36 1 0 3 0 4
M. Abdur-Rahkman 3 1 1 0/2 0/1 3/4 0 25 1 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Wagner 15 5 2 7/13 0/3 1/3 3 26 2 1 2 2 3
D. Wilson 13 6 2 5/6 2/2 1/2 3 36 2 2 0 1 5
D. Walton Jr. 7 3 2 3/9 1/5 0/0 1 39 2 0 5 0 3
Z. Irvin 3 4 5 1/8 1/2 0/0 1 36 1 0 3 0 4
M. Abdur-Rahkman 3 1 1 0/2 0/1 3/4 0 25 1 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Robinson 12 4 0 4/10 2/6 2/2 0 21 0 0 1 0 4
M. Donnal 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 14 0 0 0 0 1
X. Simpson 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
A. Dakich - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Lonergan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Hibbitts - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Teske - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Watson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Wright-Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 53 25 12 20/48 6/19 7/11 9 200 8 3 12 3 22