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Michigan Wolverines get back on track with home win over Maryland, 87-63

Maryland guard Aaron Wiggins, right, attempts a shot as Michigan guard Eli Brooks defends during the first half Tuesday in Ann Arbor. (AP photo)

ANN ARBOR — Mike Smith made three early 3-pointers as No. 7 Michigan raced to a 17-3 lead, and the Wolverines had little difficulty beating Maryland 87-63 on Tuesday night for a season sweep.

Michigan made its first five 3s — Isaiah Livers had the other two — in an opening flurry that put the Wolverines (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten) in immediate control. Michigan led 42-25 at halftime and stretched its advantage to as many as 25 points in the second.

Livers led Michigan with 20 points and Franz Wagner contributed 15.

The Wolverines were coming off their first loss of the season, Saturday at Minnesota. Eli Brooks missed that game with a foot injury. He returned Tuesday and scored seven points.

Maryland (8-7, 2-6) was led by Donta Scott’s 13 points, but the Terrapins couldn’t keep up with Michigan’s terrific outside shooting. The Wolverines went 12 of 24 from 3-point range; Maryland was 4 of 19.

The Wolverines made their loss to Minnesota look like just a bump in the road, putting Maryland in a big hole early and not letting up. This looked a lot like a number of other games Michigan has played lately. The Wolverines beat Minnesota by 25 and Wisconsin by 23 before losing the rematch with the Gophers.

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