Ann Arbor, Mich. (November 26, 2016) – Junior Robinson registered a game-high 21 points, but the 25th-ranked Michigan Wolverines held off a late Mount St. Mary's comeback for a 64-47 victory on Saturday night at the Crisler Center.
Robinson drained a career-high five three-pointers on six attempts in the contest and went 8-of-14 from the field overall. The double-digit scoring performance was Robinson's fifth of the season and fourth in his last five games. Elijah Long chipped in with 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists, finishing just shy of his career-high for rebounds in a game (8).
Three Wolverines reached double-figures, led by Zak Irvin's 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Moritz Wagner added 13 points and Derrick Walton Jr. tallied 12 to go along with six rebounds and a game-high five assists.
The Mount shot 18-for-48 (38-percent) in the contest and 6-for-14 (43-percent) from downtown, while Michigan went 24-for-55 (44-percent) and 11-of-27 (41-percent) from long range. The Wolverines held a 36-24 advantage on the boards, but the Mount won the scoring battle inside, outscoring Michigan 22-20 in the paint.
Irvin opened the game with a three-pointer before Robinson scored seven straight points to stake the Mount out to an early 7-3 advantage. Robinson added his fourth bucket of the contest just before the first media timeout to put the Mount up by one, 9-8, at the first break.
Coming out of the timeout, Chris Wray threw down a big dunk over D.J. Wilson and converted the free throw for a three-point play to extend the Mount's advantage to 12-8, but Michigan responded with an 18-2 run over an 11-minute stretch to open a 26-14 lead.
Long ended the Wolverines' big run with a drive to the basket at the 4:09 mark, but Wagner scored the final seven points of the half to pad the Wolverines' lead to 33-16 heading into the locker room.
The Mount got some early scoring in the second half as Robinson drained a deep three and Long converted a reverse layup in transition to close the gap to 35-23 heading into the first media timeout of the period. Michigan answered in the ensuing four minutes of play, opening its largest lead of the contest, 47-28, at the 11:30 mark.
The Mount was able to close the gap to eight, 53-45, with 4:46 remaining following back-to-back three pointers, including Robinson's fifth of the game, but The Wolverines put an end to the Mountaineers' late run, and held them off in the final minutes to earn the 64-47 win.
With the victory, Michigan improves to 5-1 on the year while the Mount drops to 1-6.
The Mount heads south to face Arkansas on Monday, November 28 at 7 p.m. CT, before finally returning to the state of Maryland for a road matchup at Loyola on December 3.