Local Teams

National Basketball Association
Michigan 68, Furman 62
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, December 22, 2016
Where: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Officials: # Paul Szelc, # Kelly Pfeifer, # Luke Schumer
Attendance: 10634

Sophomore forward Moritz Wagner had 18 points and six rebounds, leading Michigan to a 68-62 victory over Furman on Thursday at Crisler Arena.

Zak Irvin supplied 16 points and Derrick Walton Jr. added 11, including a clutch 3-pointer in the final minute. The Wolverines overcame 20 percent shooting on 3-point attempts (4-for-20).

Junior guard Devin Sibley led Furman with 14 points. Matt Rafferty had 12 points and John Davis added 10 for the Paladins (7-6).

The Wolverines (10-3) have won five of their last six, with all the victories coming at home. Their lone loss during that span was against No. 2 UCLA.

The Paladins caught fire at the start of the second half, scoring the first 11 points to take a 36-31 lead. Sibley had five points during that stretch, and Kris Acox capped it off with a dunk after an inbounds lob from Daniel Fowler.

Michigan regained the lead with 13:49 remaining on a Walton free throw. The Wolverines nudged it to 52-46 on a three-point play by D.J. Wilson with 8:26 left.

Furman hung around and trailed by just three with a minute remaining. A Paladins turnover, followed by the 3-pointer from Walton with 25 seconds remaining, proved decisive.

Wagner shot 6-for-10 from the field during the first half and scored 13 points, lifting the Wolverines to a 31-25 lead.

The halftime advantage was the largest for either club through the first 20 minutes. Wagner scored the only two baskets during the final two minutes of the half.

Michigan is off until New Year's Day, when it begins the Big Ten portion of the schedule at Iowa.
Top Game Performances
Furman   Michigan
Devin Sibley 16 Scoring Moritz Wagner 18
Kris Acox 2 Assists Zak Irvin 7
John Davis III 6 Rebounds Moritz Wagner 6
Daniel Fowler 5 Free Throws Made Zak Irvin 4
Geoff Beans 1 Steals Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman 2
Geoff Beans 1 Blocks N/A
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Furman 62 47.8 5-18 13-16 9 28 2 2 13
Michigan 68 43.6 4-20 16-16 13 24 0 5 5