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Michigan beats VCU 68-60 for fifth in Maui

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) An opening loss put a damper on Michigan's trip Maui, leaving no chance of returning with a championship. The Wolverines could at least win two of three games and that's just what they did with a gritty performance for fifth place.

Moritz Wagner scored six points during Michigan's closing 11-0 run, helping the Wolverines beat VCU 68-60 on Wednesday for fifth place in the Maui Invitational.

''After that first one on Monday night, we were very disappointed, but we kind of huddled together and agreed to head back on the plane 2-1 would be a big accomplishment,'' Michigan forward Duncan Robinson said. ''So that was kind of our focus after Monday night's result. We just kind of tried to band together and hopefully that could set the tone for us to move forward.''

The Rams and Wolverines already had one tight game in Maui and they were in close duel for after a series of runs by both teams.

Michigan (5-1) had the final one, keyed by Wagner's three-point play with 1:11 left and 3-pointer from the wing with 13 seconds remaining.

Robinson led the Wolverines with 18 points, and Wagner finished with 12 and nine rebounds.

Khris Lane led VCU (3-3) with 13 points. De'Riante Jenkins and Mike'l Simms added 12 each.

''Hard-fought game by both teams,'' VCU coach Mike Rhoades said. ''Thought we had put ourselves in a position to find a way to pull it out and we just beat ourselves late in the game there. A couple mishaps on offense, just didn't get good shots, and they made a couple plays.

VCU was unable to make plays down the stretch in an opening loss to Marquette before bouncing back with a lopsided victory over Cal.

Like the Rams, the Wolverines felt like they let a victory slip through their grasp in its first-game loss to LSU and followed with a runaway victory over Division II Chaminade.

VCU and Michigan had a tight game, neither team able to gain much separation in the first half. Michigan led 36-30 behind Robinson's 10 points.

The Wolverines were able to stretch the lead to 10 with a 7-0 run early in the second half.

Then VCU's press started giving Michigan problems; not always resulting in turnovers, just disrupting its offensive flow. The Rams held the Wolverines scoreless for nearly five minutes and used a 13-2 run to go up 53-49.

Michigan took its turn to go running, scoring eight straight points to go up 57-53, but VCU scored seven straight, only to allow the Wolverines to answer with one final push.

''Somebody's going to go home 0-3, and somebody's going to go out of here 3-0. And it's just those two,'' Michigan coach John Beilein said. ''It could be on the other side of a 2-1 or 1-2, (so 2-1) is really big.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Michigan showed some determination in its final game in Maui, leaving paradise a respectable 2-1.

VCU failed to make the plays down the stretch for the second time in three games, leaving Maui 1-2.

BREAKING WOLVERINES

Because of its pressure defense, VCU is usually the team that gets out on the break for easy baskets. Michigan had the transition edge against the Rams in this one, outscoring them 16-0 in fast-break points.

TESKE'S IMPACT

Michigan forward Jon Teske has not had a huge impact so far this season, averaging 5.3 points heading into Maui. The 7-foot-1 sophomore presented a problem for the Rams, scoring eight points, blocking two shots and altering several others. ''A couple times we drove in there and he's just standing there, roots in the ground, 7-1, 255, you're not moving him,'' Rhoades said. ''He did his job. It's almost like a turnover. To me, that's just a bad shot. That happened three or four times especially in the second half.''

UP NEXT

Michigan hosts UC Riverside on Sunday.

VCU hosts Appalachian State on Tuesday.

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Key Players
J. Williams
M. Abdur-Rahkman
35.8 Min. Per Game 35.8
12.0 Pts. Per Game 12.0
3.3 Ast. Per Game 3.3
4.0 Reb. Per Game 4.0
37.7 Field Goal % 37.9
27.3 Three Point % 28.6
80.0 Free Throw % 100.0
+ 2 Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman made layup 0.0
  Defensive rebound by Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman 6.0
  Jonathan Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot 8.0
+ 3 Moritz Wagner made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Zavier Simpson 13.0
  Defensive rebound by Moritz Wagner 41.0
  Malik Crowfield missed 3-pt. jump shot 43.0
+ 1 Moritz Wagner made free throw 1:11
  Shooting foul on Justin Tillman 1:11
+ 2 Moritz Wagner made driving layup, assist by Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman 1:11
  Lost ball turnover on Jonathan Williams, stolen by Moritz Wagner 1:23
+ 3 Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman made 3-pt. jump shot 1:48
Team Stats
Points 60 68
Field Goals 25-56 (44.6%) 25-53 (47.2%)
3-Pointers 3-11 (27.3%) 5-20 (25.0%)
Free Throws 7-11 (63.6%) 13-22 (59.1%)
Total Rebounds 34 34
Offensive 6 7
Defensive 25 25
Team 3 2
Assists 6 10
Steals 6 6
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 9 10
Fouls 20 14
Technicals 0 0
13 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST
18 PTS, 5 REB
12T
away team logo VCU 3-3 303060
home team logo Michigan 5-1 363268
Team Stats
away team logo VCU 3-3 71.0 PPG 39.4 RPG 13.6 APG
home team logo Michigan 5-1 69.6 PPG 37.9 RPG 13.8 APG
Key Players
00
K. Lane F PPG RPG APG FG%
00
D. Robinson G/F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
K. Lane F 13 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
D. Robinson G/F 18 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
44.6 FG% 47.2
27.3 3PT FG% 25.0
63.6 FT% 59.1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Lane 13 8 1 5/5 0/0 3/5 1 27 1 0 0 3 5
D. Jenkins 12 3 2 6/13 0/2 0/0 3 35 3 0 3 1 2
J. Tillman 6 6 0 3/9 0/0 0/0 2 27 0 0 0 1 5
J. Williams 6 4 2 3/13 0/3 0/0 1 30 0 0 3 0 4
M. Crowfield 6 1 0 2/5 1/3 1/2 4 28 2 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Lane 13 8 1 5/5 0/0 3/5 1 27 1 0 0 3 5
D. Jenkins 12 3 2 6/13 0/2 0/0 3 35 3 0 3 1 2
J. Tillman 6 6 0 3/9 0/0 0/0 2 27 0 0 0 1 5
J. Williams 6 4 2 3/13 0/3 0/0 1 30 0 0 3 0 4
M. Crowfield 6 1 0 2/5 1/3 1/2 4 28 2 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Simms 12 3 0 4/5 2/2 2/2 2 17 0 0 1 0 3
T. Maye 3 2 0 1/1 0/0 1/2 1 15 0 0 0 0 2
M. Santos-Silva 2 3 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 6 0 1 1 1 2
L. Djonkam 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
X. Jackson 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
S. Mobley 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 3 9 0 0 1 0 1
I. Vann - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Sheehy-Guiseppi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 60 31 6 25/56 3/11 7/11 20 200 6 2 9 6 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Robinson 18 5 0 7/13 2/8 2/2 1 36 0 1 2 3 2
M. Wagner 12 9 0 5/10 1/3 1/1 4 24 2 0 2 2 7
C. Matthews 11 6 3 4/9 0/2 3/8 2 33 0 1 1 0 6
M. Abdur-Rahkman 10 5 4 4/11 2/5 0/0 2 40 2 0 0 0 5
E. Brooks 5 1 1 2/4 0/1 1/2 1 23 0 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Robinson 18 5 0 7/13 2/8 2/2 1 36 0 1 2 3 2
M. Wagner 12 9 0 5/10 1/3 1/1 4 24 2 0 2 2 7
C. Matthews 11 6 3 4/9 0/2 3/8 2 33 0 1 1 0 6
M. Abdur-Rahkman 10 5 4 4/11 2/5 0/0 2 40 2 0 0 0 5
E. Brooks 5 1 1 2/4 0/1 1/2 1 23 0 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Teske 8 4 0 3/4 0/0 2/5 1 16 1 2 1 1 3
Z. Simpson 2 1 2 0/1 0/1 2/2 2 19 1 0 2 1 0
I. Watson 2 0 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 0 3 0 0 1 0 0
J. Simmons 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
I. Livers 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 1 0 1
B. Hibbitts - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Ozeir - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Poole - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Baird - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 68 32 10 25/53 5/20 13/22 14 200 6 4 10 7 25