Michigan basketball also gives up on Thanksgiving Eve, but holds off Tarleton State, 65-54′

Michigan basketball returned to Ann Arbor, seeking ship’s right against Tarleton State, playing only its second season in Division I.

Despite forcing a barrage of turnovers and backing away from a 16-point deficit to create a nail-biter, the Texans were unable to further derail the Wolverines’ lukewarm season.

Led by 15 points from Eli Brooks, Michigan (4-2) pulled away late Wednesday for a 65-54 win at Crisler Center. Despite a total of 21 turnovers to the Texans 9, UM shot 55% and kept Tarleton State at 34% of the field.

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Freshmen Moussa Diabate and Caleb Houstan found an attacking rhythm and scored 14 points each. Hunter Dickinson was in the post the entire time, totaling nine points, 10 rebounds and three assists.

Michigan head coach Juwan Howard talks to striker Moussa Diabate, 14, during the first half of an NCAA basketball game, Wednesday, November 24, 2021, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Michigan head coach Juwan Howard talks to striker Moussa Diabate, 14, during the first half of an NCAA basketball game, Wednesday, November 24, 2021, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Flip the ball, not the page

Michigan coach Juwan Howard complained about UM’s incoherent foul after Sunday’s loss to Arizona, and the battle continued early in Wednesday’s game.

This time shooting wasn’t the culprit, it was ball control.

During the first seven minutes of the game, the Wolverines had eight turnovers and Tarleton’s State had none. Midway through the first half, the Wolverines shot a perfect 6-for-6 from the field, but barely kept a slim 14-12 lead due to their abundance of turnovers.

Michigan found its stride in the half, turning the ball only once in the last 10 minutes. The Wolverines separated in the last five minutes of the half. After a high tear layup by Tarleton State’s Montre Gipson to narrow Michigan’s lead to 21-20, the Wolverines responded with a powerful 10-0 run.

Back-to-back 3-pointers from Frankie Collins and Brooks followed by a clean post move leading to an easy two by Diabate gave UM a 31-22 lead and momentum going into the half.

A story of two halves

However, Tarleton State (1-5) stuck around. Back-to-back 3-pointers from guard Tahj Small erased the memory of a 16-point Wolverine lead, making the score 52-49 with six minutes left. Another 3 from Shakur Daniel made it 55-52 with 4:20 to go, but the Wolverines were able to regain control from there.

Tarleton State guard Shakur Daniel (13) is defended by Michigan center Hunter Dickinson (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, November 24, 2021, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Tarleton State guard Shakur Daniel (13) is defended by Michigan center Hunter Dickinson (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, November 24, 2021, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Dunks of Dickinson and Diabate provided one last point from Michigan to tuck the game away.

UM will play again in North Carolina on December 1 for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (9:15 PM, ESPN).

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan Basketball Foul Leak, Stops Tarleton State, 65-54

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