Michigan went into a raucous Pinnacle Bank Arena and shot the lights out.
The Wolverines shot 53.2 percent from the field on the game, including a scorching 68.2 percent in the second half, grabbing a solid 81-68 road win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday.
The loss put an end to the Huskers' four-game winning streak.
Michigan flashed its hot shooting early on, at one point in the first half hitting four consecutive 3-pointers to turn a one-basket advantage into a double-digit lead. Nebraska did manage to chip that down, though. Zak Irvin's 3-pointer made it an 11-point game at the midway point of the first half, but the Wolverines only made two more baskets the rest of the period, the Huskers outscoring them 17-9 to make it just a three-point gap at the break.
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But Michigan's red-hot start to the second half decided the outcome. The Wolverines made their first nine shots out of halftime, three of which were 3-pointers, to open the half on a 21-6 run and build an 18-point lead. With that cushion, it looked like it would be smooth sailing from there, but Nebraska punched right back, the Huskers chopping that lead down to single digits with a 10-0 run of their own.
Again Nebraska spent a lengthy stretch chipping away at that margin. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Tai Webster and Shavon Shields made it a five-point game with about six and a half minutes left. And with three and a half minutes left, Webster turned back-to-back Michigan turnovers into fastbreak layups, one coming with a free throw for a mini 5-0 run that made it a two-point game at 66-64. But the Wolverines did exactly what they needed to do to hang on for the win, closing the game on a 15-4 run thanks to 10 made free throws, a Duncan Robinson dunk that really signaled the end of Nebraska's comeback hopes and a last-second 3 from Derrick Walton Jr.
Michigan's shooting numbers for the day were just ridiculous. The Wolverines shot 53.2 percent from the field and went 11-for-21 from behind the 3-point line. They were 15-for-22 from the field over the final 20 minutes and 5-for-10 from 3-point range during that span.
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Nebraska stayed in the game thanks to some sloppy play by Michigan. The Wolverines turned the ball over 14 times, and the Huskers turned those into 20 points. Nebraska also outscored Michigan by a hefty margin in the paint, 40-24. But the Huskers couldn't keep up with the Wolverines' sharp shooting from distance, hitting just six of the 22 3-point shots they attempted.
Robinson led the way for Michigan with 21 points, hitting a trio of triples. Walton was stupendous with 19 points, four made 3s, 12 rebounds and six assists, hitting double digits in two stat categories for the third time this season. Mark Donnal was also in double figures with 14 points.
Andrew White and Glynn Watson Jr. both had big days for Nebraska, scoring 15 points apiece. Webster finished with 12, and Shields had 11.
The win sent the Wolverines to 15-5 overall and 5-2 in conference play. Next up is a Wednesday game against Rutgers.
With the loss, the Huskers fell to 12-9 overall and 4-4 in league play. They travel to play Purdue next Saturday.