Turnovers, poor shooting doom MI in 72-52 loss


Freshman guard Jordan Poole is shooting 44 percent from three on the year. AP Images

The Wolverines trailed 32-21 at halftime and went on to lose to Nebraska, 72-52, on Thursday night at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

On the other end of the floor, MI - which came in averaging 76.3 points per game - struggled to do much of anything offensively. MI came into the game No. 30 in the RPI; no other opponent Nebraska has beaten is in the top 50.

The Wolverines couldn't overcome early turnovers and poor shooting. They have gone 11-1 on their home court. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman ended the drought with a 3-pointer in the second half, but Anton Gill answered with 3-pointer to give Nebraska a 15-point cushion with 12:23 left.

Charles Matthews' 15 points led MI (16-5, 5-3), which lost for just the second time in 11 games. The Wolverines had nine in the first half and 12 total, which led to 11 Nebraska points.

Charles Matthews scored 15 with 6-for-10 shooting but received little help for MI (16-5, 5-3 Big Ten), which was playing its third game in six days.

The Cornhuskers shot over 54 percent from the field while the Wolverines shot 38 percent. Wolverines coach John Beilein pulled his starters with five minutes remaining.

Nebraska: This was a crucial win for a team that has hopes of returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014. That game was also in Lincoln.

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♦Michigan entered the game averaging 9.8 turnovers per game, the sixth-fewest in the nation. The Wolverines missed 14 of their last 16 shots of the half.

Nebraska (14-7, 5-3), which needed Palmer's 3-pointer to beat last-place IL 64-63 on Monday, led 32-21 at the half and never let MI get closer than 10 points in the last 17 minutes. Nebraska made 60 percent of its shots in the first half (15-for-25).

James Palmer Jr. scored 19, Isaiah Roby 14, Isaac Copeland 13, and Anton Gill 10 for Nebraska (14-7, 5-3), which shot 55.3 percent (26-for-47) from the field and played with an energy MI simply couldn't match all game long.

Isaiah Roby scored nine points on 4-of-4 shooting in the first half and finished with 14.

Isaac Copeland had 13 points, while Anton Gill had 10 points, all in the second half.

♦After scoring 45 points combined against Michigan State and Maryland, junior center Moritz Wagner was a non-factor throughout the game.

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