ANN ARBOR (AP) — Hunter Dickinson had 21 points, six rebounds and six assists as Michigan defeated Maryland 83-64 on Tuesday night for its first win in a month.
It was the first win for the Wolverines (8-7, 2-3 Big 10 Conference) since an 87-50 tie by Southern Utah on December 18. Prior to Tuesday, Michigan suffered through a three-game losing streak, having postponed two games and canceling another due to COVID-19 protocols.
Michigan was never behind against Maryland. The Wolverines used a 9-0 run to extend their lead to 20-9, with Caleb Houstan scoring a layup and a three-point play to fuel the 81-second burst.
Michigan finished the half 39-19 with Moussa Diabate, Houston and Devante Jones scoring 10 points each. The trio made 13 of Michigan’s 16 baskets in the first half. Houston finished with 16, Diabate 14 and Jones 12.
The Terrapins established some momentum and closed to 57-44 with an 11-6 run with 11:12 left. But Fatts Russell missed a contentious layup and Frankie Collins acrobatic lob on a pass from Eli Brooks and Michigan was never threatened again.
Eric Ayala scored 22 points and Donta Scott added 19 for Maryland (9-9, 1-6).
The win gave Michigan coach Juwan Howard his 50th win, tying his former coach and mentor, Steve Fisher, to 50 (74 games) as the fastest Wolverines coach.
The Terrapins are scheduled to host 17th-ranked Illinois on Friday. Michigan is scheduled for Sunday in Indiana.
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