Late surge pushes U-M past Binghamton
Written by Matt Pargoff   


Wrapping up their last game of the non-conference, the Wolverines showed some signs of rust from the spaced out December schedule on Sunday, struggling to put away Binghamton. Michigan led for all but two minutes against the 4-9 Bearcats, but carried only a three point advantage with 11 minutes left in the second half. That’s when U-M made its move.

The Wolverines put together an 11-0 run, with Isaiah Livers chipping in seven straight points. Michigan controlled play the rest of the way, ultimately winning 74-52. Livers reached a career high in scoring with 17 points.

Iggy Brazdeikis led the Wolverines with 21 points, while Jordan Poole had a big day from long range, scoring 18 points on six made three pointers. Zavier Simpson nearly reached a double-double, racking up 10 assists and nine rebounds.

Sitting at 13-0, the No. 2 ranked Wolverines will begin regular Big Ten play on Thursday, playing host to Penn State at 7 p.m. eastern on ESPN. The Nittany Lions have struggled to a 7-6 record, losing four games in the month of December, including two in Big Ten play.

Michigan’s head start in conference play included wins over Purdue and Northwestern. After Penn State, the Wolverines will face a tougher challenge, playing host to Indiana (11-2) on Sunday.

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