Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team still unbeaten after taking out Maryland 84-73


AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — There’s one big reason why No. 16 Michigan is the lone unbeaten team in Big Ten play: Hunter Dickinson.

The 7-foot-1 freshman has played only eight games, yet it’s become increasingly clear that he’s going to be a force in the conference this season.

Dickinson had 26 points and 11 rebounds, Franz Wagner scored 19 and the Wolverines pulled away in the second half against Maryland to secure an 84-73 victory Thursday.

The Wolverines (8-0, 3-0) trailed 54-50 with 15 minutes left before Dickinson scored nine points in a 23-5 run that turned a close, contentious contest into a runaway.

Four technical fouls were called during the first half, including one on Dickinson.

“Hunter is a competitor,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard said. “That was one of the reasons I recruited him — because he loves basketball and is competitive.”

Dickinson went 10 for 11 from the floor and 6 for 7 at the line in reaching his high in points.

Dickinson played for DeMatha High School, located a few miles from the University of Maryland. Earlier in the week he said, “I did feel a little disrespected when I wasn’t recruited by them.”

Thus motivated, Dickinson put on quite a performance.

“It was a lot of fun,” he said. “Hopefully I showed them the guys down the road are pretty good.”

Donta Scott scored 19 for Maryland, Eric Ayala had 16 and Jairus Hamilton added 15. The Terrapins (6-3, 1-3) were trying to build on Monday night’s upset at No. 6 Wisconsin.

Maryland clawed back from a first-half deficit of 10 points to get within 60-59 in the second half before the Wolverines peeled off 13 straight points to decide the issue.