Howard, Williams II lead UM to victory over visiting Jackson State

Website: Ann Arbor, Michigan (Crisler Center)

rating: Michigan 78, Jackson State 68

Registrations: U-M (5-1), JSU (0-4)

Presence: 10,244

Next UM event: Tuesday, November 29 — vs. #5 Virginia (Crisler Center), 9:30 p.m. (TV: ESPN)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Tough defense and spectacular three-point shots propelled the University of Michigan men’s basketball team to a 78-68 Thanksgiving night victory over Jackson State on Wednesday (Nov. 23) at Crisler Center.

OVERVIEW: Despite a back-and-forth first half, Michigan (5-1) was able to pull away from Jackson State (0-4) behind 19 points of Jet Howard and 11 points from Terrance Williams II. The Wolverines blocked 13 shots during the game, firing 50 percent from outside the arc to create a sizable lead. Six free throws in the closing minutes of Jaelin Llewellyn stopped a late JSU surge.

FIRST HALF: Michigan struggled from the field to begin the first half, but a great defense on the other side of the floor kept UM within striking distance. The defensive effort held off the Tigers long enough for the Wolverines to tie the game on 6 triples by Llewellyn and Kobe Bufkin 4:50 into the game. The teams tied five times in the first 10 minutes of the half. Dug McDaniel kept the Wolverines close with a turn three and a smooth driving layup, and UM finally took the first lead on a Jack Howard triple from the top of the fingerboard with eight minutes left before the break. As the Tigers took another two-point lead, baseline jumpers popped out Hunter Dickinson and Williams from almost the exact same spot on the floor to return the advantage to Michigan. After a timeout, Dickinson pinned a JSU layup attempt to the glass, leading to a pair of free throws from Bufkin at the other end. A 6-0 run gave the Maize and Blue a 26-22 lead with five minutes to play before half time. A mid-range jumper from Williams and a pair of free throws from Jet Howard extended Michigan’s lead to five before a Bufkin steal and fastbreak score put the Wolverines up 34-27. With one last chance to score before half time, Jet Howard pulled a fadeaway triple from the corner just seconds before the halftime buzzer to give Michigan a 37–27 halftime lead. UM ended the half with a 9-0 run.

SECOND HALF: Williams opened the second half red hot, quickly sinking a layup and a transition three-pointer to extend Michigan’s lead to 13. He then blocked a JSU shot attempt that turned into a Howard fastbreak layup. A Jet Howard corner three, followed by a Dickinson free throw, put UM up 51-36, but JSU quickly answered with a three-pointer of its own, cutting UM’s lead to 51-39 with 12 minutes left in the game. Joey Bakker shot as if his defender and stepped aside to make a three on two consecutive Michigan possessions, which was followed by a transition three of Jet Howard. Michigan continued its run with a McDaniel float and Howard layup to increase the lead to 21 with eight minutes remaining. Jackson State answered with an 8-0 run, which was suppressed by a pull-up triple from Bufkin. Three more of them Jet Howard put Michigan up to 17, but two late three-pointers, a dunk, and a layup by the Tigers brought the game within seven at 30 seconds. The JSU run was all for nothing, as six free throws from Llewellyn sealed the win for the Wolverines.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Wolverines will play No. 5 received Virginia at Crisler Center as part of the ACC/Big Ten. The game kicks off at 9:30 PM and will be broadcast live on ESPN.


Hunter Dickinson recorded 14 rebounds for his third game of double-digit rebounds this season.
Jet Howard led the Wolverines with 19 points, his second game leading the team in scoring this season. He scored double digits in five of the six games.
Kobe Bufkin hit a career high with three shots. Bufkin had three blocks in his entire freshman season and three blocks in all previous games this season.
• As a team, Michigan blocked 13 shots, which is tied for second in a single game in program history.

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