SAN ANTONIO — Moritz Wagner recorded a double-double and third-seeded Michigan rallied to end the cinderella-run of No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago in the NCAA Tournament with a 69-57 victory Saturday night in a Final Four game in San Antonio, TX.
Wagner had 24 points, 15 rebounds and three steals and shot 10 of 16 from the field for the Wolverines (33-7), who erased a 10-point second-half deficit en route to the victory.
“I just tried to go in the game, take what the opponent is giving me, what the game is giving me, stay emotionally solid and don’t get emotionally drunk, and it worked out today,” Wagner said.
Charles Matthews went 7 of 12 from the floor to finish with 17 points, five rebounds and three steals for Michigan, which will take a 14-game winning streak into the national championship game on Monday night at the Alamodome.
It is also the first time since 2013, the Wolverines are making a national championship game appearance, and their second trip under coach Jon Beilein.
Cameron Krutwig paced Loyola with 17 points and six rebounds, but turned the ball over six times in the defeat.
Clayton Custer scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half for the 11th-seeded Ramblers (32-6), who were the fourth 11th-seeded team to make it to the Final Four.
Loyola led 29-22 at halftime, but Michigan shot 57-percent in the second half and outscored the Ramblers 47-28 to seal the contest and await the winner of the second semi-final game between Villanova and Kansas.
The Wolverines are seeking to win their first NCAA Tournament championship title since 1989.