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Michigan blows out Kennesaw State, 82-55

Moritz Wagner, Zak Irvin, D.J. Wilson, and Derrick Walton Jr. finish in double figures to lead Michigan over Kennesaw State.

NCAA Basketball: Kennesaw State at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Moritz Wagner scored a career-high 20 points in the Michigan Wolverines win over the Kennesaw State Owls, 82-55. While Wagner was making headlines, power forward D.J. Wilson posted a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

As a matter of fact, it was the first game all season that both Wagner and Wilson clicked at the same time. The center, Wagner, played 25 minutes, while Wilson logged 28 minutes of action.

“With our skill sets and our length and how versatile both of us are, and length on defense, we really have a big impact on the game,” Wilson said. “These past few games, either one of us has been in foul trouble, so we haven’t really been able to be on the court at the same time. So it's a really big deal for us today.”

Wagner scored from inside early, but expanded his range and went 3-for-4 from downtown by the end of the contest. He also added three rebounds to an outstanding performance.

“Moe and D.J., they’re just growing,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “At 6-10 and 6-11, as sophomores, they’re not there yet. But every day they’re getting a lite bit better. To play the minutes they did today really helps us in the long run.”

Michigan captain and starting point guard Derrick Walton Jr. logged 13 points, three rebounds and eight assists. He had to deal with Kendrick Ray, who scored 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting for the Owls (3-6). Ray had 15 points in the first 15 minutes of the game, but Walton shut him down in the final five minutes of the first half.

“I take it personal, like I’m the spearhead of the defense,” Walton said. “I got the guy bringing the ball up, and I pretty much had the best player for the opposite team, so me and Zak (Irvin) just say it starts with the point guard on each side of the ball, and I just tried to be a lot more aggressive.”

Zak Irvin chipped in 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field. He added four rebounds and one assist.

The Wolverines (6-2) will battle the Texas Longhorns on Tuesday and the No. 11 UCLA Bruins next weekend. Those matchups will show Michigan’s true talent.