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Robinson's shooting propels MI to ugly win over Rutgers

Robinson's shooting propels MI to ugly win over Rutgers

Senior forward Deshawn Freeman is averaging 7.2 rebounds per game for the Scarlet Knights. Nati Harnik, AP Jan 18, 2018; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Evan Taylor and Michigan Wolverines guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman dive for the loose ball in the first half at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Corey Sanders led the team with 18 points on 6 of 13 shooting with a team-high 8 assists, while Geo Baker came behind in 2nd with 17 points on 6 of 10 shooting with 3 threes, 5 assists and 4 steals and Issa Thiam added 16 points on 5 of 9 shooting with 4 threes. Freeman also had the only assist of the game for Rutgers, which finished with 13 turnovers. MI is 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 home games and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 conference matchups while the over is 15-5-1 in their last 21 games following a loss.

After Moritz Wagner (game-high 16 points) made Michigan's first shot of the game, the Wolverines missed their next 10 as Rutgers gained an 8-2 advantage.

Similar to their game against Ohio State, the Knights were just out of sorts on offense.

Nebraska came into the game leading the Big Ten in 3-point shooting defense, allowing 28.4 percent. The Knights' next three games are against Nebraska, Penn State and IL, all teams that are very beatable and that Rutgers should have no problem competing against. He pointed out that Robinson is a good shooter and even if goes 0 for 9 from the field he wants his roommate to keep shooting. Nebraska also went 4-for-6 at the free throw line without attempting a free throw in the second half. Matthews leads MI in scoring with 14.9 points per game while Wagner leads the team in rebounding with 7.2 rebounds per game and Zavier Simpson leads the team in assists with 3.5 helpers per game this season.

The Wolverines (17-5, 6-3) needed a strong second half to reach 43 percent shooting.

MI shot an uncharacteristic 37.5 percent overall (21 of 56) and 22.2 percent from 3-point range (4 of 18) in the loss.

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Rutgers trailed by seven points with 10 minutes to play, but MI used a 9-2 run over the next two minutes to pull away.

The scoring picked up - relatively speaking - and MI led 27-21 at half. Nebraska made 60 percent of its shots in the first half (15-for-25). Rutgers did not score for eight minutes during the run.

Charles Matthews and Zavier Simpson (10 points each) were the other Wolverines in double figures. Cincore added NU's final two points of the quarter with 19 seconds left to send the Big Red to the final period with a 42-35 lead.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights host Nebraska on Wednesday night.

Rutgers cut the Nebraska margin to 45-42 on a Greene three with 5:48 left, but Simon, Whitish and Cain closed out the Husker win by outscoring the Scarlet Knights 7-0 in the final 5:26 to seal the victory.