Moe Wagner’s big game sends Michigan past Louisville in NCAAs


By MICHAEL MAROT - AP Sports Writer

Michigan forward Moritz Wagner celebrates a basket against Louisville during the first half of Sunday’s second-round NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis.


Michael Conroy | AP photo

INDIANAPOLIS — Moe Wagner scored a career-high 26 points and spurred a furious second-half rally to send Michigan past second-seeded Louisville 73-69 on Sunday and into the Sweet 16.

The seventh-seeded Wolverines (26-11) have won seven straight — six since a frightening plane accident before the Big Ten Tournament. They also earned a ticket to the Midwest Regional in Kansas City, Missouri, their first since 2014.

Donovan Mitchell scored 19 points and Deng Adel had 16 points to lead Louisville (25-9), which had made the Sweet 16 in its last four NCAA Tournament appearances.

But Wagner bailed out the Wolverines from a poor game.

Trailing 45-36 with 16:09 to play, the German native scored on a layup to start a 17-6 run that gave Michigan its first lead since the opening minutes. And after Wagner’s 3-pointer broke a 55-55 tie with 6:39 to go, the Wolverines led the rest of the way.

Michigan forward Moritz Wagner celebrates a basket against Louisville during the first half of Sunday’s second-round NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis.
http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_115608107-7183ba45473240438f9e30cebdfa19f5.jpgMichigan forward Moritz Wagner celebrates a basket against Louisville during the first half of Sunday’s second-round NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis. Michael Conroy | AP photo

By MICHAEL MAROT

AP Sports Writer

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