DeVante’ Jones had already had a solid night by all metrics as the game winded below eight minutes.
He had scored steadily when the team needed a bail-out bucket. He was distributing and creating shots for his teammates. He was playing within the flow of the game, fitting the team’s needs where he saw he could contribute.
But as Michigan’s expected producers, Hunter Dickinson and Eli Brooks, faltered to get going and the deficit which had mounted since the early moments of the game grew, the team needed more from everybody. And that’s where Jones stepped up.
“I just took what the defense gave me,” Jones said. “I was trying to be aggressive.”
What he saw was a need for a run, a string of points scored that could get Michigan going on. He also saw a need for a defensive stop, one Michigan had struggled to get all of the second half.
Though Michigan failed to capitalize on the opportunity, Jones helped chip at the gap when the Wolverines needed it most.