Michigan becomes fifth team with 12 Maui wins

Michigan’s Duncan Robinson goes up for a shot in front of Virginia Commonwealth’s  De’Riante Jenkins during the second half of the Wolverines’ 68-60 victory over the Rams on Wednesday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Michigan’s Duncan Robinson goes up for a shot in front of Virginia Commonwealth’s De’Riante Jenkins during the second half of the Wolverines’ 68-60 victory over the Rams on Wednesday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

LAHAINA — After a tough opening-day loss, the Michigan Wolverines reset their goals at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.

Moritz Wagner made sure the mission was accomplished as he saved his best for last at the Lahaina Civic Center.

The 6-foot-11 junior from Berlin converted a three-point play on a drive to the basket with 71 seconds left to break the final tie of the game and hit a 3-pointer with 13 seconds to go in a 68-60 win over Virginia Commonwealth in the fifth-place game Wednesday.

Wagner finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and two steals. Duncan Robinson scored 18 points, Charles Matthews added 11 and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman chipped in 10.

“It was fun to be able to finish two plays and that we won,” Wagner said.

Michigan improved to 5-1 this season, and is now 12-5 all-time in Maui games, tying Arizona and Kansas for third on the Valley Isle wins list.

Abdur-Rahkman’s 3-pointer tied the game at 60 with 1:48 remaining, and his pass to Wagner led to the big man’s three-point play.

After the Rams’ Malik Crowfield missed a 3-point try with 43 seconds left, Wagner rebounded and eventually got the ball back for a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired.

Abdur-Rahkman had an uncontested layup at the buzzer.

“We’re thrilled just to get 2-1 out of this tournament,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “Someone’s going to go home 0-3 and somebody’s going to go out of here 3-0 and it’s just those two. To be on the other side of 2-1 or 1-2 is really big. VCU plays so hard and they’ve got a lot of talent and a great coach, so I really feel blessed. I think they’ll have a really good year.

“This win will be a good one for us going forward.”

The Wolverines bounced back after a 77-75 loss to LSU in the opening game with a 38-point win over Chaminade on Tuesday.

“After that first one on Monday night obviously we were very disappointed, but we kind of huddled together and agreed that taking the next two would be a big accomplishment,” Robinson said.

VCU (3-3) was led by De’Riante Jenkins’ 13 points. Jonathan Williams and Sean Mobley each added 12.

“Hard-fought game by both teams,” said Rams coach Mike Rhoades. “Thought we had put ourselves in a position to find a way to pull it out, and we just beat ourselves late in the game there. A couple mishaps on offense, just didn’t get good shots, and they made a couple plays. They executed down the stretch, we didn’t.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com.

VCU (60)

Tillman 3-9 0-0 6, Lane 5-5 3-5 13, Crowfield 2-5 1-2 6, Williams 3-13 0-0 6, Jenkins 6-13 0-0 12, Santos-Silva 1-3 0-0 2, Mobley 0-1 0-0 0, Djonkam 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 0-1 0-0 0, Maye 1-1 1-2 3, Simms 4-5 2-2 12. Totals 25-56 7-11 60.

MICHIGAN (68)

Wagner 5-10 1-1 12, Brooks 2-4 1-2 5, Mat­thews 4-9 3-8 11, Abdur-Rahkman 4-11 0-0 10, Robinson 7-13 2-2 18, Livers 0-0 0-0 0, Teske 3-4 2-5 8, Poole 0-0 0-0 0, Simpson 0-1 2-2 2, Simmons 0-1 0-0 0, Watson 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 25-53 13-22 68.

Halftime–Michigan 36-30. 3-Point Goals–VCU 3-11 (Simms 2-2, Crowfield 1-3, Mobley 0-1, Jenkins 0-2, Williams 0-3), Michigan 5-20 (Abdur-Rahkman 2-5, Robinson 2-8, Wagner 1-3, Brooks 0-1, Simpson 0-1, Matthews 0-2). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–VCU 31 (Lane 8), Michigan 32 (Wagner 9). Assists–VCU 6 (Williams, Jenkins 2), Michigan 10 (Abdur-Rahkman 4). Total Fouls–VCU 20, Michigan 14. A–2,400 (2,400).

Maui Invitational wins

Maui games only

W L Pct

North Carolina 18 3 .857

Duke 15 0 1.000

Michigan 12 5 .706

Arizona 12 6 .667

Kansas 12 6 .600

Kentucky 10 5 .667

Vanderbilt 10 5 .667

Indiana 10 8 .555

Syracuse 9 0 1.000

Illinois 9 3 .750

Connecticut 9 3 .750

Arizona St. 9 6 .600

Gonzaga 8 4 .667

Michigan St. 8 4 .667

UCLA 8 7 .533

Chaminade 8 92 .080

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