After back-to-back wins the Michigan Wolverines welcomed a Rutgers team that was going in the opposite direction, as the Scarlet Knights came into the Crisler Center in the midst of a miserable 21-game conference losing steak.
Rutgers would make it interesting, but the Wolverines would pull away late thanks to some timely three-point shooting and solid defense down the stretch as Michigan emerged victorious by a score of 68-57.
The Wolverines were able to stretch the floor early and often as Michigan(16-5, 6-2 Big Ten) shot 39 percent from beyond the arc. Junior guard Duncan Robinson led the Wolverines with 18 points including four triples. Fellow junior guard Derrick Walton Jr. also contributed with 14 points on the night, but it might have been sophomore guard Aubrey Dawkins’ strong play off the bench that keyed a Michigan victory. Dawkins scored 11 points and made some clutch shots late to extend the Wolverines lead.
While Rutgers saw their Big Ten losing streak extended to 22 games, it was not for lack of effort as they were able to stick around for much of the game. Sophomore guard Mike Williams and freshman guard Corey Sanders combined for 32 points to lead the Scarlet Knights.
Michigan will head to New York City next as they face the Penn State Nittany Lions at Madison Square Garden. The game can be seen on the Big Ten Network this Saturday at 12 p.m.