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Darryl Morsell suffers face injury in Maryland men’s basketball’s 84-73 loss to No. 16 Michigan

COLLEGE PARK — Freshman center Hunter Dickinson scored a career-high 26 points and added 11 rebounds to lead No. 16 Michigan men’s basketball to an 84-73 win over Maryland at Xfinity Center on Thursday night.

“He was a man possessed,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said.

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Michigan (8-0, 3-0 Big Ten) shot 58.8% from the field and led by as many as 19 points in the second half. The Wolverines made 18 of 20 free throws.

“Our offense was good enough to win the game. Our defense just wasn’t good enough,” Turgeon said.

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The Wolverines built a 10-point lead in the first half but Maryland (6-4, 1-3) cut the margin to as little as one. Michigan led 46-44 at halftime.

It was a tense first half, with four technical fouls assessed. Both benches were given a technical after Dickinson scored a basket and glared at the Maryland bench, prompting words to be exchanged between the two sides.

Turgeon was later assessed a technical after he took issue with a foul called on sophomore guard Hakim Hart.

Dickinson was then assessed a technical after once again looking at the Maryland bench following his basket. Dickinson, a four-star recruit and DeMatha product, said earlier in the week that he felt disrespected for what he believed to be a lack of interest from Turgeon and Maryland in recruiting him.

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“I just think hopefully I showed that the guys down the road at Madison Street [where DeMatha is located] are good,” Dickinson said. “They should go down there sometime.”

“It was an emotional game. They were ready to play,” Turgeon said.

Senior guard Darryl Morsell (Mount Saint Joseph) left the game with under two minutes left in the first half after taking an inadvertent hit to the face from Wolverines guard Franz Wagner. The team ruled Morsell out for the remainder of the game shortly before the start of the second half. Hart started in place of Morsell to begin the half. Morsell later rejoined the team on the bench in street clothes and spent much of the time holding an ice pack to his left cheek.

Turgeon said after the game that he had no update on Morsell, who headed to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Turgeon said team doctors did not allow Morsell to re-enter the game.

“Everything changed when Darryl got hurt. Everything changed,” Turgeon said. “We were a thin team before, we became even thinner.”

“On the court, he’s tremendous. He can guard one through five,” junior guard Eric Ayala (16 points) said of Morsell.

Maryland took its first lead of the game early in the second half, with a stepback 3-pointer from junior guard Aaron Wiggins (five points) giving the Terps a 47-46 lead with 18:31 remaining. Wiggins otherwise struggled shooting, missing nine of 11 attempts.

Michigan used a 10-0 run to take a 60-54 lead with 12:15 left and later built a 14-point lead with 7:30 remaining, courtesy of a 13-0 run.

Sophomore forward Donta Scott scored a team-high 19 points, one shy of tying his career high. The Terps shot 48% from the field and made 13 of 22 3-point attempts. Maryland made four of six free throws and the undersized team was outscored 42-22 in the paint.

“We are who we are right now,” Turgeon said. “We’ve got to figure it out, we’ve got to figure out where we’re going to go from here and figure out how we’re going to play.”

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TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: 105.7 FM

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