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Maryland men’s basketball can’t contain No. 7 Michigan from deep in 87-63 road loss

In the first meeting this season between the Maryland men’s basketball team and Michigan, freshman center Hunter Dickinson had a career night to lead the Wolverines to an 11-point victory in College Park.

Two weeks later, the DeMatha Catholic product who played with an edge against his hometown team wasn’t much of a factor offensively, finishing with just three points in 21 minutes. But it was no matter for the No. 7 Wolverines, who defeated Maryland, 87-63, at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor on Tuesday night.

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Michigan (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten) tied a season high by making 12 of its 24 3-point attempts and shot 51.8% from the field. The Wolverines scored at least 80 points for the 10th time this season. Forward Isaiah Livers scored 20 points to lead Michigan.

Maryland (8-7, 2-6) shot 41.2% from the field and made a season-low four of 19 3-point attempts. Maryland missed 13 of 30 free throws. The Terps never led in the 24-point loss, their worst of the season.

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“We weren’t ourselves tonight and they were terrific and that’s not a really good recipe for success,” coach Mark Turgeon said.

Michigan made its first five 3-point attempts, taking a 17-3 lead a little more than five minutes into the game. After Maryland missed the front end of a one-and-one, sophomore guard Franz Wagner hit a corner 3 to give the Wolverines a 42-25 lead heading into halftime.

The Terps struggled against Michigan’s defense throughout the game, totaling almost as many field goals (nine) as turnovers (six) in the first half.

“We can’t score in the big lineup, we go small lineup, we can get open shots; we weren’t making them but we were getting open shots,” Turgeon said. “Then we couldn’t guard on the other end. It’s a product of who we are right now, unfortunately, but we’ve got to keep plugging, remember who we were last Sunday [against Illinois] and try to get that formula back and compete a little better.”

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Frustration on Maryland’s end boiled over early in the second half. Senior guard Darryl Morsell (Mount Saint Joseph) was assessed a technical foul after directing heated words at a referee following a no-call on a contested shot. Morsell, who suffered a fractured bone in his face that required surgery after taking an inadvertent hit from Wagner in the last meeting, indicated that he was hit in the face again by Wagner while trying to make a layup. Morsell has been wearing a protective mask since returning from the injury.

Turgeon and Michigan’s bench were also given technical fouls.

Maryland failed to cut into the halftime lead and Michigan led by as many as 25 points late in the second half.

“In the second half when we were down, I feel like we could have fought more and gave a little bit more effort, regardless of the score,” Morsell said. “I’m probably more disappointed in how we started the second half than how we started the game.”

Sophomore forward Donta Scott (team-high 13 points), junior guards Eric Ayala (12) and Aaron Wiggins (11) and junior forward Jairus Hamilton (10) all scored in the double figures for the Terps. Ayala came off the bench after a two-game absence because of a groin injury.

MARYLAND@NO. 17 MINNESOTA

Saturday, 2 p.m.

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: 105.7 FM, 1300 AM

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