Center Jon Teske scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Michigan never trailed as it romped past UMass Lowell 86-60 at Ann Arbor, Mich. on Sunday.
Teske made 11 of 14 field-goal attempts and 3 of 4 free throws. Eli Brooks supplied 15 points for No. 11 Michigan (10-3), which has won two straight following a two-game losing streak. Point guard Zavier Simpson contributed nine points, six rebounds and 10 assists. Austin Davis added seven points off the bench.
Michigan played without forward Isaiah Livers, who suffered a groin injury during the team’s previous game, an 86-44 win over Presbyterian on Dec. 21.
UMass Lowell (6-9) has lost three consecutive games, all by double-digit margins. Christian Lutete led the River Hawks with 21 points. Obadiah Noel had 16 points and seven rebounds and Ron Mitchell added 11 points.
Teske got off to a hot start with 13 points as Michigan led 42-25 at halftime.
The Wolverines took a double-digit lead less than six minutes into the game when Brooks made a jumper. Teske reached the 10-point mark less than a minute later with a layup.
Colin Castleton converted an alley-oop dunk off a Simpson feed to make it 19-4.
The River Hawks then settled down and played more competitively. When Noel hit a jumper with 6:16 left in the half, Michigan’s lead was down to 12 at 29-17.
It was still a 12-point game in the final minute of the half before Brooks drained a 3-pointer and Simpson knocked down two free throws.
The lead quickly grew to 21 in the opening minute of the second half on two Teske baskets in the paint, including a putback.
Brooks made a 3-pointer with 12:45 remaining, increasing Michigan’s advantage to 27 at 64-37. The Wolverines’ lead moved to 30 when Teske made a layup midway through the half.
Michigan was playing its final non-conference game of the regular season. It returns to Big Ten action with a road game against in-state rival Michigan State on Jan. 5.
—Field Level Media