Freshmen Leaf and Ball help No. 2 UCLA beat Michigan 102-84

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Their next game is against MI on Saturday at 5 p.m. inside Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus.

But UCLA was able to finish the half with momentum because of Wilson.

Five players scored in double figures led by T.J. Leaf's 21 and UCLA followed one of its worst defensive halves of the season with one of its best.

Both teams were energized - Irvin with 13 points, Robinson with 10 - and the Wolverines were in a spot where only they believed they could be.

Late in the half, the Wolverines outscored UCLA 15-2, including three 3-pointers, to take a 48-41 lead.

MI showed it was up for the daunting challenge early on as Walton, Wagner and D.J. Wilson each buried a 3-pointer to give the Wolverines a quick 9-7 lead less than four minutes into the game. Duncan Robinson added 13 points, and Moritz Wagner and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman each chipped in with 11.

The Wolverines went 12/26 (75.0%) from 3-point land.

With his nine points tonight, Derrick Walton Jr. became the 51st Wolverine in program history to score 1,000 career points. Michigan, which hit their first five shots from downtown, continued with their the hot hand throughout the half. Michigan's first 18 points of the game came from long distance, as it was 6-for-8 from three to start the game.

The game remained close through the first five-plus minutes of the game, when it was tied three different times, and U-M led, 15-14, at the 14:23 mark. Walton, Wagner (2), D.J. Zak Irvin is leading Michigan's charge with 13.6 points per game.

Anigbogu, who played a season-high 25 minutes with starting center Thomas Welsh out with a bruised knee, made three of his four field goals, grabbed four rebounds and ignited the crowd with his four blocks. Irvin had a layup and Wilson hit jump hook over Ball in the paint to give MI a 48-41 lead with 1:13 left. His ability to control the tempo of games has allowed Bryce Alford (18 points) to play off the ball.

Ball missed a pair of free throws after he was intentionally fouled on a breakaway following his third steal of the game, but similar to the way he ended the first half against Kentucky, Ball made a deep 3-pointer and pulled UCLA even at 50 going into the locker room.

After the teams entered the second half tied at 50, the Bruins raced out quickly with an early blitz, taking an eight-point lead in the first 90 seconds. Donnal had seven of his 12 points during that stretch.