Michigan failed to score 60 points, shot 36% inside the arc, fell behind by double-digits in the first half, didn’t make a three in the second half, and only made 17 shots total at Penn State on Tuesday night, but still got out of town with a victory. It wasn’t the best game that Michigan has played all season, but it was a win that kept a realistic path to the postseason alive.
It was an exercise in character building for a Michigan team that has gone through that exercise a bit too often over the last few weeks. It’s not one to build on, but it also wasn’t a loss that tore the whole house down. Michigan’s won five of its last seven games to pull itself onto its feet and set up a crucial long weekend with home games against Purdue and Ohio State.
Hunter Dickinson played one of his least efficient games in weeks but still brawled his way to a 19-point, 15-rebound, 4-block double-double. Eli Brooks gave Michigan 16 points in 37 minutes and Michigan needed every one of them on both ends of the court. No one else on the roster scored more than 7 points or made more than two field goals, but the Wolverines won the game and kept their season alive.
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