No. 20 Michigan sloppy in 65-54 win over Tarleton State

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Eli Brooks scored 15 points and No. 20 Michigan overcame a sloppy performance to beat…

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Eli Brooks scored 15 points and No. 20 Michigan overcame a sloppy performance to beat Tarleton State 65-54 on Wednesday.

Moussa Diabate and Caleb Houstan scored 14 points apiece for Michigan (4-2), which committed 20 turnovers. Hunter Dickinson additional nine points and 10 rebounds.

Montre Gipson led Tarleton State (1-5) with 17 points and Tahj Small additional 12.

The Wolverines had 11 turnovers in the first 15 minutes but reeled off 10 unanswered points late in the half to gain a 31-22 halftime advantage.

Michigan was clinging to a 55-52 rule with under four minutes left, but two free throws by Brooks and dunks by Dickinson and Diabate helped the Wolverines to stave off the Texans.

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The Texans, who became a Division I program last year, made some history by facing a Big Ten opponent for the first time in any sport. They were surprisingly competitive.

Michigan was seeking a confidence raise after losing two of its past three games, including an 18-point defeat to Arizona on Sunday. The Wolverines instead showed vulnerability against a pressure defense.

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Tarleton State: The Texans confront their biggest challenge of the season when they head to Spokane, Washington, to play No. 1 Gonzaga on Monday. They were scheduled to play Gonzaga last December, but the game was canceled due to COVID-19 issues for the Bulldogs.

Michigan: The Wolverines get a weeklong break before taking on North Carolina on Wednesday. Michigan won its last matchup with the Tar Heels, 73-64, in November 2019 at the Battle 4 Atlantis in The Bahamas.

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