Mike Smith posts incredible double-double, Michigan punches ticket to semifinals with win over Maryland
This will be a game Mike Smith remembers for a long time.
Smith finished the game with an impressive double-double, scoring 18 points, dishing 15 assists, grabbing 5 rebounds and not having a single turnover in Michigan’s 79-66 victory over Maryland. He shot 6-of-14 from the floor and made both of his 3-point attempts in the contest.
Michigan will now advance to the semifinal round of the B1G Tournament and will play the winner of Ohio State-Purdue. The Wolverines improved to 3-0 over the Terrapins this year with the victory Friday.
Michigan had three other players hit double figures, with Eli Brooks and Franz Wagner each scoring 16 points and Chaundee Brown adding 10 points of the bench. Brandon Johns. Jr had 7, and Austin Davis and Hunter Dickinson each added 6.
Friday’s game started well for Maryland, as the Terrapins built an early 12-point lead on the Wolverines in the first half. But Michigan went on a 16-2 run to close out the half to take a 40-38 advantage into the locker room.
While Michigan flexed its muscle most of the second half, there were some fireworks when Juwan Howard was ejected midway through the period. The head coach charged the Maryland bench after a heated exchange and had to be held back by officials and assistant coaches.
It was unclear what sparked Howard’s frustration.
Maryland was led in scoring by Eric Ayala, who had a game-high 19 points. Darryl Morsell scored 16 points and Aaron Wiggins pitched in 11.
Michigan improved to 20-3 on the season with the win while Maryland dropped to 16-13.