Michigan (3-0) took down a hot Marquette team 79-61 in the semifinals of the 2K Classic on Thursday night inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.
It was a 15-15 score early in the first half, and that was the last time Marquette had a heartbeat, despite a late run in the second half that cut it to 11 points. The Golden Eagles (2-1) went more than four minutes without a score midway through the first half, which led to Michigan going up 20 before the half. Michigan led by as many as 26 in the game.
As Michigan picked up its first legitimate win, it could be enough to bolster the Wolverines into the national rankings. And if Michigan can win its next game against SMU, this large margin of victory will just add to the resume.
Michigan’s leading scorer came from one its most experienced players in Zak Irvin with 16 points. Senior center Mark Donnal continued his sharp beginning to the season with 15 points (6-for-8 from the field) off the bench. But it was redshirt sophomore forward D.J. Wilson that continued to be the spark in the first start of his career. He racked up a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds for his second consecutive game with double-digit rebounds.
It’s hard to pick out many weaknesses, but Michigan had one surprise in senior point guard Derrick Walton, Jr. The floor general finished with zero points on just two shots while playing normal minutes. Walton led the team in points in its first two games with 33 (20 vs. Howard and 13 vs. IUPUI).
Michigan will face SMU in the finals of the 2K Classic inside Madison Square Garden at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 on Friday.