Michigan rides huge second half from freshman Hunter Dickinson to shrug off upset-minded Oakland
Sunday’s game between Oakland and Michigan turned into a nail-biter that few could have expected.
Entering the game, the Golden Grizzlies were 0-3 with losses to Xavier, Toledo, and Bradley to open the season. It marked the fourth game in five days for Oakland, even more remarkable considering the program was shut down and had just a few days to ramp back up before the season began.
At the half, Oakland held a short lead and even forced overtime against the Wolverines. But in the extra period, Michigan rolled to a 10-point win after dominating overtime 14-4.
The big star for Juwan Howard’s squad was freshman Hunter Dickinson. The 7-foot-1 big man came off the bench to score 19 points with four rebounds and four assists, largely doing his damage in the second half. Oakland never had an answer for his brute force inside.
Isaiah Livers also brushed off a slow start, including a first-half confrontation with head coach Juwan Howard, to put up a game-high 22 points. That total included 5-for-7 shooting from deep with a couple of daggers in overtime.
Michigan moves to 2-0 on the young season but there is plenty of work to do moving forward. Next up will be Ball State on Dec. 2, with tip off set for 7 pm EST on BTN.