Second half surge lifts U-M over Creighton
Written by Matt Pargoff   

 

Stuck in a tightly contested first half against Creighton on Tuesday evening, the Wolverines leaned heavily on their veterans, walking away with a 79-69 victory.

Michigan got off to a strong start on outside shooting against the Blue Jays, jumping ahead by as many as eight points before the break, only to surrender that lead down the stretch. Struggling on the defensive glass, the Wolverines allowed Creighton to pull down 18 offensive rebounds, which was a major factor in keeping the game close.

Surrendering a 16-5 run late in the first half, Michigan reasserted itself in the second, holding the lead nearly throughout.

“First half, we just got beat up on the muscle areas,” head coach Juwan Howard noted. “Loose balls, offensive rebounds, they scored 24 points in the paint; it just wasn’t Michigan basketball in the first half.”

Hitting from long-range early, Isaiah Livers made 4-of-7 three-pointers, leading all Wolverines with 22 points. Falling one assist shy of a double-double, Zavier Simpson scored 17 points and helped on nine baskets, while Jon Teske finished strong with a 17-point outing.

The trio of veterans accounted for 32 of the Wolverines 41 second half points.

Improving to 2-0 on the season, Michigan will return to action Friday evening at 7 p.m. eastern, playing host to Elon.


 
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