Wagner, Irvin lead Michigan to First Four win over Tulsa
Michigan will play No. 6 Notre Dame Friday night
DAYTON, Ohio – Michigan came within a minute of seeing its season end in the First Four Wednesday, but used a late charge to knock off Tulsa, 67-62, and advance to the Round of 68.
Shaquille Harrison made a driving layup with 70 seconds left to give Tulsa a 60-59 lead. But as he did so many times during the regular season, junior forward Zak Irvin came through with a big shot to put Michigan ahead for good. Irvin came off a screen at the top of the arc and nailed a deep triple from the right wing to give the Wolverines a 62-60 lead.
Moments later, Irvin pulled down the defensive rebound that led to Derrick Walton icing the game with a pair of clutch free throws.
Michigan wouldn't have been in a position to take the lead if not for the excellent play from Moritz Wagner off the bench. The true freshman was Michigan's best player Wednesday, grabbing eight rebounds, blocking four shots and making both field goal attempts. He brought energy to a group that came out of the gates stagnant.
Other than Wagner, Michigan was paced by its starting five. Irvin, Walton, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Duncan Robinson combined to score 57 of the team's 67 points. Irvin and Abdur-Rahkman each dropped 16 points, though Abdur-Rahkman struggled from the field, making just five of 15 attempts.
Harrison was a one-man wrecking crew for the Golden Hurricane, making 10 of 13 shots for 23 points.
Michigan will now square off with No. 6 Notre Dame in Brooklyn in the First Round. The Wolverines will have to shoot better than 24 percent from three-point range to knock off the Fighting Irish. Michigan made just six of 25 attempts Wednesday night.
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