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Michigan uses late run to escape VCU game with victory

The Wolverines went on an 11-0 run down the stretch to avoid a disappointing defeat.

NCAA Basketball: Maui Invitational-VCU at Michigan Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Basketball did not have it easy on Wednesday evening, but it rarely has been in the early part of this season.

The Wolverines used an 11-0 run down the stretch to take out VCU by a score of 68-60 to win the fifth-place game in the Maui Invitational.

Duncan Robinson led the way for Michigan’s balanced offensive attack on Wednesday with 18 points and five rebounds. Moritz Wagner had a dagger from beyond the three-point line to seal it late and finished with 12 points of his own.

Charles Matthews and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Eli Brooks got the start at point guard as Michigan tries to find its solution there and had five points and an assist.

The Wolverines led 36-30 at the half, but missed free throws and turnovers plagued the team in the second act of this game and allowed VCU to have the lead late in the game. Michigan would finish the night 5-for-20 from the three-point line and 13-of-22 from the charity stripe.

Michigan (5-1) now has a few days off as they travel home from Hawaii before a Sunday matchup with UC Riverside, which is scheduled for a 4 p.m. ET tip from Crisler Center in Ann Arbor