No. 5 Michigan stays unbeaten, tops South Carolina 89-78

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jordan Poole scored 19 of his 26 factors within the second half, and No. 5 Michigan remained unbeaten with an 89-78 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.

The Gamecocks (4-5) scored extra factors than any workforce all season towards Michigan. However the Wolverines (10-0) had been forward by six at halftime, and so they led comfortably for many of the second half.

Iggy Brazdeikis scored 17 factors and Jon Teske added 15 for Michigan. Chris Silva led South Carolina with 18.

Michigan was coming off its first shut sport of the season — a two-point win at Northwestern on Tuesday evening. The Wolverines had been uncharacteristically careless towards South Carolina, turning the ball over 11 instances within the first half.

Nonetheless, Michigan went on a 13-2 run close to the top of the primary and led 42-36 at halftime.

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Poole went to work within the second half with a pair of 3-pointers and a dunk, placing the Wolverines up 56-45. The sophomore guard scored 15 factors within the first 10 minutes of the half.

BIG PICTURE

South Carolina: No opponent had shot higher than 45 p.c from the sphere towards Michigan. The Gamecocks completed at 52 and likewise gained the turnover battle towards the Wolverines. South Carolina was completed in by fouls. Michigan shot 23 of 30 on free throws whereas the Gamecocks had been simply 9 of 14.

Michigan: The Wolverines had held each opponent underneath 40 p.c from the ground till their final two video games, when Northwestern and South Carolina eclipsed that. So Michigan hasn’t been as dominant this week on the defensive finish, however the Wolverines had 5 gamers rating at the very least 12 factors Saturday and gained with out a lot drama.

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No person forward of Michigan misplaced this week, though Sunday’s matchup between No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 7 Tennessee may have an effect on the place the Wolverines find yourself within the subsequent rating.

UP NEXT

South Carolina: The Gamecocks take a break for exams earlier than internet hosting No. Four Virginia on Dec. 19.

Michigan: The Wolverines face their first in-state opponent of the season after they host Western Michigan subsequent Saturday.

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