Dickinson scores 28, Michigan holds off Minnesota 60-56

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Hunter Dickinson scored 28 points and Michigan overcame an injury to Jett Howard to defeat Minnesota 60-56 on Sunday.

Howard, who is averaging 15.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, injured his left ankle late in the first half and did not return to the game . He was seen in a walking boot on the Michigan bench during the second half.

After Wolverines led for most of the second half, Pharrel Payne’s layup drew the Golden Gophers 55-51 and a Ta’lon Cooper free throw made it 55-52 with 35 seconds to play. But Minnesota’s Jamison Battle was called for a technical foul, Will Tschetter converted the free throws and Michigan led by five, still with 35 seconds left. Michigan added 3 of 4 from the line in the final 20 seconds to preserve the win.

The score was last tied at 33 with 13:42 remaining before McDaniel hit a 3-pointer and Dickinson converted a three-point play for a six-point lead and Michigan led the rest of the way.

Kobe Bufkin scored 12 points and Dug McDaniel added 10 for Michigan (11-8, 5-3). Dickinson finished one rebound from his fourth straight double-double.

Cooper had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Jamison Battle 14 points and Dawson Garcia 13 points for Minnesota (7-11, 1-7).

Minnesota scored 16 points in the first seven minutes of the game and led 16-6. After back-to-back baskets from Dawson Garcia and Ta’lon Cooper, the Golden Gophers led 20-10 with 10:16 remaining in the half.

Minnesota would score just three more points heading into halftime, making 1 of 13 shots in the final 10 minutes. The Wolverines ended the half on a 13-3 run, getting six points from Dickinson and five from McDaniel.

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