Big second half from Poole helps lift U-M to victory

 

Returning to non-conference play, the Wolverines faced off against South Carolina on Saturday, facing more of a challenge than many would have predicted but ultimately holding on for a solid 89-78 victory.

Michigan had an unusually tough time hanging onto the ball, turning it over 11 times in just the first half, 16 times overall, leading to 16 points for the Gamecocks.

Stuck in tight six point game at the half, the Wolverines extended their advantage to double-digits early after the break, but could only hold off South Carolina, rather than delivering the knockout punch.

Jordan Poole managed just seven points in the first half, but stepped up down the stretch, scoring 19 in the second half. Jon Teske nearly reached his first double-double of the season, racking up 15 points and nine rebounds, but left the game with four fouls with five minutes remaining and did not return.

In total, five Wolverines reached double figures, including a 17-point showing from Iggy Brazdeikis, 12 points from Isaiah Livers and 12 from Charles Matthews.

Improving to 10-0 on the season, the Wolverines will get a full week to rest and recover, playing host to Western Michigan on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. eastern, televised on Big Ten Network.

 
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