Michigan had just began to turn the momentum around in recruiting, gaining three commits the previous weekend; but that momentum has stopped, or at least for the 2016 class.
John Beilein out-coached and his squad out-played the Nebraska Cornhuskers tonight as the Wolverines collected win number 13 on the season, improving to 6-3 in the Big Ten.
The game moved slowly in the first half but Michigan kept the Big Ten’s second leading scorer, Terran Petteway, scoreless for the first 25 minutes of the game.
Aubrey Dawkins looked confident tonight, starting hot from both midrange and deep. He only missed one field goal in the first half and buried three 3-pointers.
Nebraska shot a pathetic 26% from the floor in the first half, but found themselves within reach after a couple of stagnant possessions and bad turnovers by the Wolverines.
Michigan led 23-18 at the break and Nebraska’s head coach Tim Miles told Samantha Ponder, “We’re trying not to make it unwatchable.”
Classic stuff, really.
Coming out of the half, Michigan had eight out of the first ten points scored, pulling ahead by double digits. After a 13-0 run in favor of the Wolverines, Petteway finally got his first bucket to go. He finished with seven points.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rakman scored all nine of his points in the second half. Most importantly, he went strong to the rim, something that Michigan has struggled doing all season.
Zak Irvin finished with a double-double and Max Bielfeldt played well again, finishing with 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Cornhuskers struggled against the 1-3-1 zone all night, and never recovered after Michigan’s big run in the second half. Michigan finished victorious, 58-44.
Michigan Team Leaders…
Points: Aubrey Dawkins — 13
Assists: Spike Albrecht — 7
Rebounds: Zak Irvin — 12
Nebraska Team Leaders…
Points: Shavon Shields — 14
Assists: Tai Webster — 2
Rebounds: Tarin Smith — 7
Next up, Michigan will hit the road Sunday as they visit the Michigan State Spartans at the Breslin Center at 1:00 PM ET.
Derek Devine is a contributor for TBHR and can be followed on Twitter here, @TheDerekDevine.
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