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‘We had to grind’: No. 25 Michigan survives scrappy Oakland in OT

Ann Arbor — Michigan squared off against in-state foe Oakland for the first time in nearly a decade on Sunday.

The Wolverines probably won’t mind if they don’t see the Golden Grizzlies once more anytime soon.

Michigan wanted a bench boost from freshman middle Hunter Dickinson to beat a sloppy efficiency and avoid an enormous upset, 81-71, in overtime at Crisler Heart in the teams’ first assembly since 2011.

“Our guys did an awesome job of staying the course with how the rating was going,” mentioned Michigan coach Juwan Howard, whose crew trailed for a lot of the second half and by as a lot as six.

“Our guys mentally didn’t get down on themselves or begin pointing fingers. They trusted the method and stayed with it. We needed to grind.”

Dickinson was dominant across the basket and completed with 19 factors, all coming within the last 11 minutes of regulation and additional time. He went 6-for-Eight from the sphere and 7-for-9 from the free-throw line, to go together with 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Senior ahead Isaiah Livers added 22 factors and made 5 3-pointers, together with a dagger with 1:31 left in additional time, for No. 25 Michigan (2-0). The Wolverines, who had been 30-plus level favorites, dedicated 20 turnovers — 15 coming within the first half — towards Oakland’s zone protection.

After Michigan‘s disjointed last possession of regulation resulted in a missed jumper by Dickinson, the Wolverines wasted little time going proper back to him. Dickinson overwhelmed Oakland together with his dimension and the Golden Grizzlies didn’t have an answer.

He spearheaded a 9-Zero run to open additional time with a layup and 4 free throws to present Michigan its largest lead for the reason that first half, 73-67, on the 2:50 mark. Livers capped the spurt with a 3-pointer and ended the scare as Michigan staved off an Oakland crew that was taking part in its fourth recreation in 5 days after an almost three-week pause this month as a result of COVID-related points.

“Honestly, I could not inform in the event that they had been gassed or not,” Livers said. “When you might have your schedules and also you see you might have your in-state rivalry or your in-state faculty that you simply wish to go at or a faculty perhaps did not recruit you, you are going to get a little bit bit extra adrenaline.

“You are not going to consider the previous highway journey you had and the way drained you had been. You may inform. They got here out and hit us first. We had been stumbling, but I felt like we recovered very nicely.”

After trailing by two at halftime, the Wolverines opened the second half with a fast burst to return on prime, 36-33, on a 3-pointer from Livers. But the momentum faded fast because the Wolverines continued to have a troublesome time determining Oakland’s 1-3-1 zone.

Oakland took benefit and used an 11-2 spurt that was bookended by 3-pointers from Blake Lampman and Jalen Moore to regain a 44-38 lead with 14:47 to play.

The Golden Grizzlies had been capable of hold the Wolverines at bay till freshmen Terrance Williams and Dickinson checked in on the 11:23 mark and turned the tide. The 2 mixed for 12 factors throughout a pivotal stretch the place Dickinson took over and put Michigan again on prime, 57-56, on the 8:01 mark.

That set the stage for a back-and-forth battle that noticed Oakland return up by two and tie the sport thrice over the following six minutes. Every time Dickinson got here by way of, twice with a bucket and twice with an assist to Livers that gave Michigan a 67-65 edge with 2:26 remaining.

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“I feel within the second half my teammates had been capable of finding me,” Dickinson mentioned. “They put me in nice positions to attain. Terrance began it off with some good entry passes that began to get me going. Then I feel my teammates stored in search of me from there out and I just kept trying to ship.”

Oakland used two free throws from Rashad Williams to knot it at 67 with 28 seconds left earlier than Dickinson misfired on Michigan’s last possession and made up for it in additional time.

Moore completed with 19 factors and Trey Townsend added 13 for Oakland (0-4), which skilled a COVID-19 outbreak throughout the preseason when 9 gamers and 5 staff members — together with longtime coach Greg Kampe — tested positive.

It’s made for a troublesome week for an Oakland crew that’s incorporating seven newcomers. The Golden Grizzlies had been handed a 52-point thumping by Xavier, a 27-point beating by Toledo, and a 14-point loss by Bradley at a multi-team occasion in Cincinnati as a result of a mixture of gradual begins, poor taking pictures, and sloppy play.

Over the primary three games, Oakland averaged 54 factors, shot 27.5% from the field, had nearly as many turnovers (48) as made area targets (50), and was outscored 139-60 in the first halves. Things acquired barely higher on Sunday because the Golden Grizzlies shot 32.8% from the sphere (21-for-64) however dedicated 16 extra turnovers.

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Regardless of Oakland’s woes, the Golden Grizzlies’ zone defense gave Michigan matches and left the Wolverines flustered from the early going.

Oakland’s exercise defensively, they had been being energetic with their palms, taking part in the passing lanes, getting deflections,” Howard mentioned. “I am not going to take a seat right here and say we did not do nicely as a result of we made errors on our personal. No. Oakland‘s protection bothered us.

“We solely had 5 turnovers within the second half, together with additional time. However the first half, we can’t have a recreation the place we’re gifting our opponent 15 additional possessions.”

Oakland took its first lead, 10-9, on a 3-pointer from Micah Parrish. It was short-lived as Livers and senior guard Eli Brooks answered right back with back-to-back deep balls to make it 15-10 with 14:13 left within the first half.

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The Wolverines pulled forward, 27-19, on a layup from junior ahead Brandon Johns Jr. on the 7:15 mark. However careless passes allowed Oakland to hold round. And because the turnovers continued to mount, so did the frustration as TV cameras captured Livers and Howard getting right into a verbal exchange during a timeout.

The Golden Grizzlies closed the half on a 14-Four run and took a 33-31 lead into the break because the Wolverines entered halftime with extra turnovers (15) than made area targets (12).

Livers considered Sunday’s ball safety points as an outlier and chalked it as much as a “studying curve” he is glad occurred now as an alternative of afterward.

“They got here out and made changes with their zone,” Livers mentioned. “We weren’t prepared at first and even a part of the second half. It is at all times nice to regulate, it is at all times nice to study and now we all know how one can go towards a 1-3-1 matchup zone.

“We are able to take quite a lot of notes from this and we acquired a few of our youthful guys to step up, so there were extra positives than negatives tonight.”

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