The Wolverines used a strong shooting performance in the first half (52 percent from the field) to take a 12-point lead into the break. Texas struggled to close out the first half scoring only a single basket in the final six minutes. The Longhorns clawed back into the game early in the second half cutting the lead to six before Moritz Wagner hit two threes in succession to put the game out of reach.
Senior forward Wagner showcased his range on the offensive end finishing in traffic while also knocking down three pointers from the corner. In addition, Wagner is a solid screener (on and off ball) that can roll to the rim or pop out effectively. He left the game with what looked like an ankle injury with seven minutes and thirty seconds remaining in the game.
Muhamad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman recorded his first double-double on the season (17 point, 10 rebounds) and knocked down two timely three pointers to stop Texas runs.
The Longhorns’ shooting woes from behind the arc this season continued Tuesday shooting 28 percent from three (1-of-9 in the first half). Tonight was Texas’ worst shooting performance of this season as they shot just 36.5 percent from the field (19-of-52). Unlike in previous games, Texas was unable to take advantage of fast break opportunities scoring just two points on the break.
Dylan Osetkowski once again led the way for the Longhorns with another solid performance scoring a team high 17 points. He was a physical presence inside all game scoring tough baskets through contact and bullying defenders on the block. Missing from the box score was Osetkowski’s brilliant passing throughout the night from the post.
With 10 points and 10 rebounds, freshman forward Mohamad Bamba recorded his third double-double of the season. However, Bamba will be remembered most in Tuesday’s game for his play on the defensive end recording four blocks and effecting multiple shots / drives to the lane. His feel for when to help from the weak side has improved over his first eight games.
Texas was without standout sophomore and leading scorer Andrew Jones due to injury. His shooting and playmaking ability was sorely missed as the Longhorns struggled in the half-court offensively for much of the game.
Texas (6-3) will host Louisiana Tech this coming Saturday (12/16). Michigan (9-3) will host to Detroit Mercy also on Saturday.
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