ANN ARBOR, Mich. – In a back and forth affair, Michigan needed to make one more stop.
And, well, It just didn’t happen.
With 29 seconds to go, Maryland’s Justin Jackson hesitated in the lane, causing Moritz Wagner to lose his footing, drawing the bucket and the foul. Jackson would add the free throw to put the Terps up six and for good, as Maryland defeated Michigan, 77-70, at Crisler Center today.
Jackson and Damonte Dodd led Maryland (14-2, 2-1 Big Ten) with 15 points each. Senior Melo Trimble added 13, despite finishing 5-of-15 from the floor.
Michigan (11-5, 1-2 Big Ten) finished with four players in double figures, led by Wagner’s game-high 17, with Zak Irvin adding 15.
3 Ball Makes the Difference
Maryland shot an astonishing 10-of-15 from beyond the arc, good for 66.7 percent. Jared Nickens shot a perfect 4-of-4 from 3s, with Trimble and Kevin Hunter each adding two from deep.
Michigan, however, shot 8-of-21. Again the Wolverines struggled in the first half, shooting 3-of-11, which played into their 37-28 deficit at the half.
Frontcourt continues to shine
Wagner and D.J. Wilson carried U-M at times thoughtout the game. Wagner, as previously mentioned, finished with 17 points and five rebounds. He has turned into a “go to” player for this Michigan offense, and was unstoppable at times today in the second half. Wilson finished with 13, a perfect 3-of-3 from long range, and stretched the floor again at the four-spot.
Michigan next plays at Illinois this Wednesday at 9 p.m