Nebraska dropped its second straight Big Ten game on Saturday afternoon despite one if its most efficient offensive performances of the season as the Huskers fell at Michigan 91-85.
The 91 points the Huskers (9-8, 3-2) allowed is the most by an opponent this season, topping the 90 Iowa put up in double-overtime in Lincoln.
Nebraska shot 56.3 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range but allowed Michigan (12-6, 2-3) to shoot 54 percent from the field and 50 percent from deep. Nebraska grabbed six more offensive rebounds and took 14 more shots than the Wolverines, but Michigan shot 26-of-30 at the free-throw line; Nebraska shot just 4-of-5.
The teams traded buckets on the opening possessions of the game, but a 3-pointer by Michigan sophomore forward Moritz Wagner put the Wolverines up 5-2 and they led the rest of the way.
Michigan’s lead swung between one and eight points the rest of the first half, but a Tai Webster jumper pulled Nebraska within four at 40-36 heading into halftime. Webster scored 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the first half.
A 3-pointer by Michigan junior forward DJ Wilson opened the scoring in the second half and the Wolverines kept the Huskers at an arm’s distance most of the half. Another 3-pointer by Wagner gave Michigan its first and only double-digit lead at 53-43 just over four minutes into the half.
Nebraska answered with a 7-1 run to pull within four. The Huskers kept chipping at the lead throughout the half and pulled within one on a jumper by junior guard Evan Taylor at the 5:47 mark, but Michigan answered 19 seconds later with a 3-pointer by senior point guard Derrick Walton Jr.
Nebraska continued to hang around but just couldn’t string together enough stops and buckets to get over the hump. Michigan shot 9-of-10 from the free-throw line in the final minute to close out the game.
Wester led the way for the Huskers with career-high 28 points on 12-of-20 shooting and also grabbed nine rebounds. Sophomore point guard Glynn Watson Jr. added 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting including 4-of-7 from deep. Evan Taylor matched his season-high with 11 points for the second straight game. Freshman Isaiah Roby, who started in place of the injured Ed Morrow Jr., contributed seven points, three rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 29 minutes and hit a 3-pointer for the second straight game after starting his career 1-of-10 from the arc.
Three players finished with 20 or more points for the Wolverines led by Wagner with 23 points and six rebounds. Wilson added 11 points to give the Wolverines four players in double figures.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.