‘Possessed’ Hunter Dickinson, Michigan mash Maryland to close out year on high note

‘Possessed’ Hunter Dickinson, Michigan mash Maryland to close out year on high note

Michigan ended the year with a bang and Hunter Dickinson made a statement.

Fueled by an overwhelming second-half run and a career night from the freshman center, the No. 16 Wolverines remained unbeaten and cruised to an 84-73 New Year’s Eve victory over Maryland at the Xfinity Center.

Dickinson, as he has numerous times this season, proved to be the difference-maker. The DeMatha Catholic product tallied a season-high 26 points and 11 rebounds to record his third double-double and shot 10-for-11 from the field in his return home.

BOX SCORE: No. 16 Michigan 84, Maryland 73

“It was a lot of fun,” said Dickinson, who noted earlier this week he felt “disrespected” when he wasn’t recruited by the Terrapins. “Coming back to the DMV, it was bringing back a lot of memories, especially being so close to DeMatha. It brought back a lot of memories, a lot of good times. 

“Hopefully I showed the guys down the road at Madison Street are pretty good and they should go down there sometime.”

Michigan center Hunter Dickinson (1) scores over Maryland forward Jairus Hamilton (25) and guard Darryl Morsell (11) during the first half on Thursday.

After Maryland used its 10th 3-pointer to take its first lead of the game early in the second half and pulled ahead 54-50 with 15:04 to play, Dickinson helped Michigan (8-0, 3-0 Big Ten) flip a switch and completely take over by spearheading a 29-7 run.

The momentous flurry started with a string of 10 unanswered points. Sophomore wing Franz Wagner drained a 3-pointer to get things going before Dickinson converted a three-point play off a wraparound feed from Wagner and found senior guard Eli Brooks cutting along the baseline for a double-clutch dunk to put Michigan up, 60-54, at the 12:15 mark.

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