Ignas Brazdeikis leads Michigan Wolverines to win over Maryland
By DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Playing with intensity and emotion after being cut down to size in defeat, Michigan used a strong performance from its relentless starting lineup to remain in the hunt for the Big Ten title.
Ignas Brazdeikis scored 21 points, Jon Teske had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 9 Michigan pulled away from 17th-ranked Maryland in a 69-62 victory Sunday.
The Wolverines (26-4, 15-4) clinched a double-bye in the conference tournament and could overtake Purdue. Michigan must win its finale at Michigan State and hope the Boilermakers lose at least one of their last two.
“The regular-season championship is a prize for most programs that have any history in this (conference),” coach John Beilein said. “That’s the prize. Michigan, we haven’t won it that many times.”
Michigan trailed 43-41 before Isaiah Livers hit a 3-pointer, Zavier Simpson popped a jumper and Jordan Poole made a layup during a five-minute span in which the Terrapins struggled offensively.
Simpson added a desperation running hook in the final seconds of the shot clock for an eight-point lead with 4:38 left.