Michigan basketball beats Minnesota, loses Jett Howard to injury

ANN ARBOR — Michigan beat Minnesota 60-56 at Crisler Center on Sunday however misplaced Jett Howard to an injury.

Michigan’s beginning small ahead rolled his left ankle with 2:16 left within the first half and didn’t return. The freshman entered the sport as Michigan’s second main scorer with 15.4 factors per sport. Stay tuned to mlive.com for extra updates.

Michigan earned the season sweep over Minnesota thanks to robust protection and rebounding. Minnesota shot 40 p.c from the sphere and grabbed solely six offensive rebounds, permitting the Wolverines to overcome an early 10-point deficit and their very own capturing struggles.

Hunter Dickinson led all scorers with 23 factors. He added 9 rebounds and made all 9 of his free throws. Kobe Bufkin had 12 factors. Dug McDaniel tallied 10 factors and eight rebounds.

Joey Baker began the second half for Howard, with head coach Juwan Howard additionally sliding starter Terrance Williams II to that spot and utilizing Will Tschetter at energy ahead. Forward Jace Howard missed his second straight sport due to a concussion sustained in follow.

Michigan (11-8, 5-3) subsequent performs on Thursday at residence towards No. 3 Purdue.

Minnesota obtained 15 factors and 10 rebounds from Ta’Lon Cooper and 14 factors from Jamison Battle. Dawson Garcia added 13 regardless of sitting a big chunk of the primary half with two fouls. The Golden Gophers fell to 1-7 within the Big Ten (7-11 general).

It wasn’t the prettiest sport, particularly within the first half. Both groups completed with extra turnovers than assists. Each group was credited with only one fast-break basket, forcing them to grind it out within the halfcourt all afternoon. The Wolverines shot 37 p.c from the sphere and was 2-for-14 from 3. It was a far cry from their efficiency in Minneapolis on Dec. 8, after they began sizzling and coasted to a 90-75 victory.

It was a win simply the identical, and every one is crucial for a Michigan group nonetheless making an attempt to discover its method in late January.

Michigan’s slow-burning 8-0 first-half run minimize Minnesota’s lead to two, with Minnesota scoring simply three factors over the ultimate 10:16 after Garcia went to the bench with two fouls. The sport was tied at 23 on the half. Michigan began the second half robust to seize management, and didn’t let the guests get nearer than three over the ultimate 13:35.

After his lengthy stint on the bench, Garcia opened the second half with a 3. Michigan responded with an 8-0 run to seize a 31-26 lead. That’s when Baker stole a move at midcourt and coasted to the basket solely to miss an uncontested layup. Battle hit a 3 on the different finish, and his jumper tied the sport with 14:55 left.

A 3 from McDaniel gave Michigan the lead for good. Dickinson adopted with a three-point play to make it 39-33 lead with 12:33 to go. Dickinson’s basket inside off high-low motion with fellow massive man Tarris Reed Jr. made it 43-35 Michigan with 9:12 left. Minnesota, as soon as once more, made a few pictures to keep in it, with Garcia’s nook 3 reducing the margin to three with 8:18 remaining.

The Gophers could not get any nearer. After Dickinson’s two profitable journeys to the foul line, Williams caught the ball in the midst of Minnesota’s zone and attacked for a layup. Bufkin adopted with a baseline drive to make it 55-46 with three minutes left.

Still, Michigan had to sweat it out. Three straight empty possessions for Michigan opened the door, and after an offensive foul name on Minnesota’s Ta’Lon Cooper was reviewed and altered to a foul on Tschetter, Minnesota had an opportunity to get inside two on the foul line with 35 seconds left. Cooper break up the pair of free throws, although.

Michigan made sufficient free throws the remainder of the way in which to safe the win, ending 14-of-18 from the stripe.

It was a sleepy Sunday afternoon at Crisler, notably for the house group.

Battle canned an open 3 on the sport’s opening possession, and Minnesota took benefit of a mismatch within the paint for a dunk the following time down. Garcia pulled Dickinson away from the basket for a 3 to make it 8-0. Bufkin hit a baseline jumper off a baseline out-of-bounds play to get Michigan on the board three minutes in.

The Wolverines and their followers inside Crisler had little or no power for the primary seven minutes or so, as Minnesota went up 14-4.

With Michigan down 20-10, Will Tschetter took a cost on Garcia, who then went to the bench with two fouls and 7 factors. At the opposite finish, Tschetter spun off his defender for a basket, drawing a foul however lacking the free throw. McDaniel hit a midrange jumper. Michigan started stringing collectively stops, with Joey Baker securing a few rebounds. Dickinson blocked a shot and, 10 seconds later, scored to minimize Minnesota’s lead to 20-18.

But Michigan’s personal offensive points prevented an even bigger run. Minnesota’s free throw with 2:51 left within the half ended the Gophers’ 7:25 scoring drought. Shortly after, Howard turned his ankle and wanted assist getting off the ground. He was 0-for-5 capturing on the time. Minnesota lastly ended its subject objective drought to take a 23-18 lead, however McDaniel responded with Michigan’s first made 3 after seven misses. Dickinson’s basket was the final of the half.

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