Michigan Bounces Back Against Maryland

Zavier Simpson played a big role in Michigan bouncing back against Maryland. (Photo by: Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports)

On Tuesday Michigan suffered by far its worst loss of the season when they went to Penn State and fell behind early, John Beilein was ejected and the Wolverines were never able to make up the ground lost early in the game and they were upset by the Nittany Lions. Today they were back home against 24th ranked Maryland with a chance to bounce back in a big way by getting a win over a ranked team at home.

And take advantage they did. Michigan made two three-pointers early to take a 6-0 lead and they were just getting started. The Wolverines used elite defense to stymie any offensive attack that Maryland tried to get going. After a Jalen Smith lay-in to make it 6-2, the Wolverines scored the next eight points and found themselves up 14-2.

Michigan was able to get the lead all the way up to 15 during the first half at two different times, the last one being 25-10 with 5:22 left in the half. Maryland did close the half on a little bit of a run of its own to cut the lead to single-digits going into the half, 27-18.

There were a couple of different times during the second half that Maryland was able to cut the lead to six points and they actually did end up cutting the lead to three points on a Serrel Smith three, but after that Michigan settled down and got threes from Zavier Simpson and Ignas Brazdeikis to stretch the lead back out to 50-42.

After that point in the game the teams began trading buckets for much of the remaining time until the last couple of minutes when Michigan was able to put the clamps back down on the Maryland offense and they were able to separate and eventually win 65-52.

The Wolverines had three players in double-figures: Ignas Brazdeikis, Charles Matthews and Zavier Simpson. Michigan was also able to assist on 15 baskets while only turning the ball over six times and they were able to force 16 Maryland turnovers, making most of the difference in a Michigan bounce back win.

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Author: Jared Woodcock

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