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Michigan takes down Texas 53-50

It was an ugly win that the Wolverines absolutely had to have.

NCAA Basketball: Texas at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Basketball was up against the ropes late in Tuesday night’s showdown with the Texas Longhorns, but sweet Moe swung in their direction when they needed it to.

Moe Wagner, that is.

The Wolverines (7-2) rode Wagner’s 15 point performance and a late block to a 53-50 victory over Texas (4-4) at Crisler Center in a game where offense was not easy to come by.

Zak Irvin’s three points on the night did not come until late in the game and Derrick Walton Jr. only chimed in with seven of his own, but DJ Wilson picked up the slack with 13.

Michigan had a 31-28 lead at halftime, but the Longhorns would not go away. It took a 5-0 run at the end of the game, but they avoided what would have been a disastrous loss heading into Saturday’s game at UCLA.

John Beilein teams have struggled on the defensive end at times in his tenure, but they showed flashes of what they can do throughout the night and again were led by their twin towers down low in Wilson and Wagner.

Saturday’s showdown at Pauley Pavilion tips at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast via ESPN2.