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Wagner's big game sends Michigan past Louisville in NCAAs

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Moe Wagner scored a career-high 26 points and spurred a furious second-half rally to send Michigan past second-seeded Louisville 73-69 on Sunday and into the Sweet 16.

The seventh-seeded Wolverines (26-11) have won seven straight - six since a frightening plane accident before the Big Ten Tournament. They also earned a ticket to the Midwest Regional in Kansas City, Missouri, their first since 2014.

Donovan Mitchell scored 19 points and Deng Adel had 16 points to lead Louisville (25-9), which had made the Sweet 16 in its last four NCAA Tournament appearances.

But Wagner bailed out the Wolverines from a poor game.

Trailing 45-36 with 16:09 to play, the German native scored on a layup to start a 17-6 run that gave Michigan its first lead since the opening minutes. And after Wagner's 3-pointer broke a 55-55 tie with 6:39 to go, the Wolverines led the rest of the way.

Afterward, the Michigan players celebrated by jumping around near midcourt, then walking by the pep band and pumping their fists toward fans as the school's fight song played.

Inside the locker room, coach John Beilein squirted his players with a water gun. It was only his second win in five games against Louisville coach Rick Pitino.

Early in the second half, it looked like there would be no celebration for the Big Ten tourney champs.

Louisville appeared to have Michigan on the ropes when it opened up a 9-point lead early in the second half. But Wagner was able to get to the basket, draw fouls, make free throws and even hit an occasional outside shot.

Louisville had no answer for him, and once Wagner got started the rest of the team joined in. D.J. Wilson had 17 points and Derrick Walton Jr. had 10 points and seven rebounds on a day he was just 3 of 13 from the field.

Michigan finished 6 of 17 on 3-pointers just two days after setting a school record for 3-pointers in NCAA tourney games.

BIG PICTURE

Louisville: The Cardinals head home empty-handed after returning to the tournament. The Cardinals fell to 12-1 all-time as a No. 2 seed.

Michigan: The Wolverines' magical ride shows no sign of stopping. They've been winning games in different ways and now they head to Kansas City to see if they can keep building on the momentum.

UP NEXT

The Wolverines will face the winner of the Oregon-Rhode Island game on Thursday.

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Key Players
D. Walton Jr.
Q. Snider
31.6 Min. Per Game 31.6
12.9 Pts. Per Game 12.9
4.1 Ast. Per Game 4.1
2.7 Reb. Per Game 2.7
43.2 Field Goal % 38.5
41.9 Three Point % 37.3
87.3 Free Throw % 72.0
  Defensive rebound by Derrick Walton Jr. 4.0
  Donovan Mitchell missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by D.J. Wilson 6.0
  Personal foul on Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman 7.0
+ 1 D.J. Wilson made 2nd of 2 free throws 10.0
+ 1 D.J. Wilson made 1st of 2 free throws 10.0
  Personal foul on Donovan Mitchell 10.0
+ 2 Donovan Mitchell made layup 11.0
  30-second timeout called 17.0
+ 1 D.J. Wilson made 2nd of 2 free throws 17.0
+ 1 D.J. Wilson made 1st of 2 free throws 17.0
  Personal foul on Donovan Mitchell 17.0
Team Stats
Points 73 69
Field Goals 28-57 (49.1%) 28-61 (45.9%)
3-Pointers 6-17 (35.3%) 5-20 (25.0%)
Free Throws 11-14 (78.6%) 8-12 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 30 37
Offensive 6 11
Defensive 17 22
Team 7 4
Assists 11 12
Steals 4 4
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 6 11
Fouls 15 18
Technicals 0 0
away team logo
13
M. Wagner F
26 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST
home team logo
45
D. Mitchell G
19 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo7 Michigan 26-11 284573
home team logo2 Louisville 25-9363369
Team Stats
away team logo7 Michigan 26-11 75.0 PPG 31.7 RPG 13.9 APG
home team logo2 Louisville 25-9 77.3 PPG 41.8 RPG 13.6 APG
Key Players
13
M. Wagner F 12.1 PPG 4.2 RPG 0.5 APG 56.0 FG%
00
D. Mitchell G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
13
M. Wagner F 26 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
45
D. Mitchell G 19 PTS 7 REB 5 AST
49.1 FG% 45.9
35.3 3PT FG% 25.0
78.6 FT% 66.7
Michigan
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Wagner 31 26 3 1 2 0 1 3 11/14 1/1 3/6 1 2
D. Wilson 36 17 2 0 1 3 2 2 6/13 1/3 4/4 1 1
Z. Irvin 35 11 4 2 0 0 2 2 5/9 1/2 0/0 1 3
D. Walton Jr. 36 10 7 6 0 0 0 3 3/13 2/7 2/2 1 6
M. Abdur-Rahkman 37 6 4 2 0 0 0 2 2/4 0/1 2/2 1 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Wagner 31 26 3 1 2 0 1 3 11/14 1/1 3/6 1 2
D. Wilson 36 17 2 0 1 3 2 2 6/13 1/3 4/4 1 1
Z. Irvin 35 11 4 2 0 0 2 2 5/9 1/2 0/0 1 3
D. Walton Jr. 36 10 7 6 0 0 0 3 3/13 2/7 2/2 1 6
M. Abdur-Rahkman 37 6 4 2 0 0 0 2 2/4 0/1 2/2 1 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Donnal 9 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 1
D. Robinson 12 0 2 0 1 0 1 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 1
X. Simpson 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
A. Dakich - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Lonergan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Hibbitts - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Teske - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Watson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Wright-Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 73 23 11 4 4 6 15 28/57 6/17 11/14 6 17
Louisville
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Mitchell 37 19 7 5 1 1 0 3 8/17 3/8 0/0 1 6
D. Adel 38 16 5 2 1 1 2 2 6/11 2/4 2/2 0 5
M. Mathiang 18 13 4 0 0 0 1 4 6/7 0/0 1/2 3 1
J. Johnson 25 6 6 0 0 0 2 1 3/4 0/0 0/0 3 3
Q. Snider 23 0 1 3 0 0 1 2 0/9 0/7 0/0 1 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Mitchell 37 19 7 5 1 1 0 3 8/17 3/8 0/0 1 6
D. Adel 38 16 5 2 1 1 2 2 6/11 2/4 2/2 0 5
M. Mathiang 18 13 4 0 0 0 1 4 6/7 0/0 1/2 3 1
J. Johnson 25 6 6 0 0 0 2 1 3/4 0/0 0/0 3 3
Q. Snider 23 0 1 3 0 0 1 2 0/9 0/7 0/0 1 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Hicks 15 7 1 1 2 0 1 2 2/6 0/1 3/4 0 1
A. Mahmoud 22 7 4 1 0 3 3 3 3/5 0/0 1/2 2 2
R. Spalding 15 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 1/2 1 0
D. Levitch 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
V. King 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3
M. Stockman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Henderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. McMahon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Sharpe - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 69 33 12 4 5 11 18 28/61 5/20 8/12 11 22