Michigan beats Rutgers 68-64 behind Wilson’s double-double
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) D.J. Wilson scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, three other Wolverines scored in double figures, and Michigan beat Rutgers 68-64 on Wednesday.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 14 points, Derrick Walton Jr. had 13 and Zak Irvin added 16 for Michigan (18-10, 8-7 Big Ten), which made 10 of 31 from behind the arc to Rutgers’ 6 of 16.
Corey Sanders scored 15 and Mike Williams had 14 for Rutgers (13-16, 2-14), which outscored Michigan 32-22 in the paint.
Down by as many as 10 in the second half, Rutgers took its first lead since 4-3 after C.J. Gettys’ jumper gave the Scarlet Knights a 52-51 lead at 7:58. But Wilson’s 3 with 5:50 to go put Michigan back on top 57-56 and the Wolverines never looked back.
The Wolverines outrebounded the Scarlet Knights 40-33, but Rutgers scored 15 points off 11 Michigan turnovers.
Michigan: After an overtime loss to Minnesota on Sunday, the Wolverines kept their NCAA bubble from bursting. For a team that hosts No. 14 Purdue before closing out the season on the road, where they have struggled, it was a critical win.
Rutgers: The Big Ten struggles continue for Rutgers. However, on the bright side, the Scarlet Knights at least remain competitive. After losing 15 of 17 conference games by double-digits last year, Rutgers has lost nine of the last 13 by single digits.
Michigan: Host No. 14 Purdue on Saturday.
Rutgers: Host No. 24 Maryland on Tuesday.