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Gophers give Michigan a scare, Badgers win

Michigan guard Derrick Walton Jr. scored a career-high 26 points, and the Wolverines survived a late scare from upset-minded Minnesota in an 82-74 win Wednesday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.Walton scored 19 of his points in the first half, he...

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Minnesota Gophers forward Charles Buggs (23) fouls Michigan Wolverines forward Ricky Doyle (32) in the first half at Williams Arena in Minneapolis on Wednesday. Brad Rempel / USA Today Sports

Michigan guard Derrick Walton Jr. scored a career-high 26 points, and the Wolverines survived a late scare from upset-minded Minnesota in an 82-74 win Wednesday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.
Walton scored 19 of his points in the first half, helping the Wolverines (18-7, 8-4 Big Ten) jump out to a big early lead. Minnesota, which is still searching for its first conference win of the season, stayed competitive in the second half and got within seven, 70-63, with 4:50 left.
The Gophers cut the lead to two on a layup by guard Carlos Morris with 1:29 to play. But Michigan made enough plays in the final minute to survive.
Guard Nate Mason scored 19 points to lead the Gophers (6-18, 0-12 Big Ten), who have lost 13 in a row overall under coach Richard Pitino.
Michigan guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and guard Duncan Robinson each finished with 14 points for the Wolverines.
Michigan heads into a difficult three-game stretch, starting with Saturday’s home game against No. 18 Purdue. The Wolverines are at Ohio State and home against second-ranked Maryland next week.

Michigan 82, Minnesota 74
MICHIGAN (82): Donnal 4-8 0-0 8, Abdur-Rahkman 5-5 3-3 16, Walton Jr 9-15 3-5 26, Z.Irvin 1-8 2-4 4, Du.Robinson 5-9 0-0 14, A.Dawkins 3-5 0-0 8, R.Doyle 1-1 4-8 6, Dakich 0-1 0-0 0, M.Wagner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-52 12-20 82.
MINNESOTA (74): Konate 2-2 0-0 4, J.Murphy 5-11 4-4 14, Buggs 2-7 0-0 4, N.Mason 6-14 5-6 19, McBrayer 3-5 5-7 11, Jo.King 4-7 0-0 10, C.Morris 4-9 2-2 10, K.Dorsey 1-3 0-0 2, A.Gilbert 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-58 16-19 74.
Michigan 42 40 - 82
Minnesota 28 46 - 74
3-Point Goals: Michigan 14-25 (Walton Jr 5-8, Du.Robinson 4-7, Abdur-Rahkman 3-3, A.Dawkins 2-4, Dakich 0-1, Donnal 0-1, Z.Irvin 0-1), Minnesota 4-19 (Jo.King 2-5, N.Mason 2-5, McBrayer 0-1, J.Murphy 0-1, C.Morris 0-2, Buggs 0-5). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Michigan 27 (Du.Robinson 9), Minnesota 27 (Konate, J.Murphy, McBrayer 5). Assists: Michigan 16 (Walton Jr 6), Minnesota 12 (N.Mason, C.Morris 3). Total Fouls: Michigan 16 (Donnal, R.Doyle 4), Minnesota 9 (Konate 4). A-NA.

Wisconsin 72, Nebraska 61
Junior forward Nigel Hayes scored a game-high 20 points to boost the Badgers past the Cornhuskers at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Junior forward Vitto Brown added a career-high 18 points and junior guard Bronson Koenig contributed 12 to lift the Badgers (15-9, 7-4) to their sixth straight victory - the longest current win streak in Big Ten play.
Freshman guard Glynn Watson Jr. scored a team-leading 16 points for Nebraska (13-12, 5-6), which has lost three straight to Wisconsin. Junior guard Andrew White III added 10 points and six rebounds.
The Badgers shot
52.4 percent from the field (11 of 24) in the first half and pushed past a scoring drought that lasted 5:35 and seven turnovers to secure a 30-26 lead at intermission. Hayes and Brown combined for 22 first-half points.
Wisconsin shot a blistering 61.1 percent (11-for-18) from 3-point range for the game, including 3-pointers on four consecutive possessions to open the second half. Koenig’s 3-pointer from the left wing extended Wisconsin’s lead to 42-32 with 16:23 to go. Koenig and Brown finished with three 3-pointers each.
Nebraska played without senior forward Shavon Shields, who suffered a concussion five days ago against Rutgers. Shields was second on the team in scoring and rebounding with averages of 15.7 points and 5.0 boards. He had started 106 consecutive games, the second-highest total in program history.

Wisconsin 72, Nebraska 61
NEBRASKA (61): G.Watson Jr 6-14 2-2 16, Be.Parker 3-7 2-2 8, White III 5-11 0-0 10, T.Webster 4-11 1-2 9, McVeigh 3-7 0-0 8, M.Jacobson 2-5 2-4 6, N.Fuller 1-3 0-0 2, Hammond 0-1 2-2 2, Evelyn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-59 9-12 61.
WISCONSIN (72): N.Hayes 7-14 5-6 20, Vt.Brown 6-7 3-4 18, Koenig 4-7 1-2 12, Showalter 3-5 2-6 10, Jr.Hill 2-5 1-2 7, Happ 0-3 2-4 2, Illikainen 0-2 3-4 3, Kh.Iverson 0-0 0-0 0, Ca.Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Moesch 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-43 17-28 72.
Nebraska 26 35 - 61
Wisconsin 30 42 - 72
3-Point Goals: Nebraska 4-13 (G.Watson Jr 2-4, McVeigh 2-5, Be.Parker 0-1, T.Webster 0-1, White III 0-2), Wisconsin 11-18 (Vt.Brown 3-3, Koenig 3-4, Showalter 2-2, Jr.Hill 2-5, N.Hayes 1-4). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Nebraska 33 (M.Jacobson 9), Wisconsin 28 (Vt.Brown, Showalter, Illikainen 5). Assists: Nebraska 7 (Be.Parker 3), Wisconsin 13 (Happ, Showalter 3). Total Fouls: Nebraska 23 (Hammond, N.Fuller, T.Webster 4), Wisconsin 13 (Koenig, Showalter, Jr.Hill 3). A-17,287.

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