ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Led by a career high 31-points out of freshman Aubrey Dawkins, Michigan easily dispatched Rutgers 79-69 to send Max Bielfeldt out with a win on senior day Saturday at Crisler Center.
Dawkins was blisteringly hot from three-point range the entire afternoon, connecting on 8-of-11 attempts from downtown in 37 minutes of action. Dawkins was one three-point make away from tying Michigan’s school record of nine in one game, held by Garde Thompson dating back to 1987.
"I am going to have to go back through the years,” Michigan coach John Beilein said afterward. “I know that we have had a couple guys hit seven, but never eight, so that is amazing for him to be able to knock it down like that.
“He has a great future ahead of him. He is a hard worker and he has another gear that coach keeps telling him about and he can see the floor better, but you can't teach what he can do out on the court as far as shooting. Especially in tough situations."
Bielfeldt saved his best for his last home game as well, recording the first double double of his career with 14-points and 11 rebounds.
"He has been a great senior for us this year,” Beilein said. “He has worked his tail off. He's gotten opportunities that he has never had.
“Tonight it's only fitting that we have had all of these injuries all year and Ricky (Doyle) can't go. Then Mark (Donnal), I still do not think is at 100 percent. Max gets all of that playing time and made the most of it."
Michigan’s offensive efficiency crushed Rutgers in the first half, the Wolverines finishing the game with 20 assists to just six turnovers, all the while shooting 50-percent from the field and 14-for-31 on three-point attempts.
Leading by 19-points at the half, Michigan would go on to lead by as many as 29-points, up 79-50 more than midway through the second half thanks to a Spike Albrecht alley oop to Dawkins out of a timeout.
Rutgers was led by a 21-point performance from forward Kadeem Jack, managing to shoot a very efficient 10-for-16 from the field. The Scarlet Knights ended the game on a 19-0 run.
A 15-5 run for Michigan toward the end of the first half pushed the Wolverines lead to 17 before the break.
Michigan now has a few days off before heading to Chicago for the 2015 Big Ten Tournament.