Jamison Battle led all scorers with 27 points to lead Minnesota to a 75-65 win at Michigan on Saturday.
Payton Willis scored 17 points, Luke Loewe had 14 and E.J. Stephens added 13 points for Minnesota (8-1, 1-1 Big Ten).
Hunter Dickinson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, DeVante’ Jones scored 14 points and Eli Brooks had 12 points in defeat for Michigan (6-4, 1-1).
Trailing 36-32 at halftime, Minnesota opened up the second half on a 15-4 run to take a 47-40 lead with 14:48 remaining in the game.
Minnesota then had a span where it made eight of nine shots and took a 60-50 lead with 9:22 remaining following a 3-pointer by Willis.
The Golden Gophers didn’t stop there, scoring the next six points after that to take a 66-50 lead with 6:22 remaining after a jumper by Battle capped off an 11-0 run.
Michigan rallied back, going on a 10-0 run to cut Minnesota’s lead to 66-60 with 3:55 remaining after a three-point play by Dickinson.
Minnesota held firm from there, getting stops and defense and taking a 70-62 lead with 1:12 remaining after a pair of free throws by Battle.
Willis then all but sealed the game with a free throw that gave Minnesota a 73-63 lead with 34 seconds remaining.
Minnesota shot 64 percent from the field in the second half (16 of 25), finished shooting 50.9 percent (29 of 57) for the game and committed just four turnovers.
Michigan finished just 3 of 18 for the game from 3-point range.
Trailing 24-21, Minnesota went on a 7-2 run to take a 28-26 lead with 3:05 remaining in the first half.
The Wolverines then responded with an 8-2 run to take a 34-30 lead with less than a minute remaining in the half before taking a 36-32 lead into the locker room at halftime.
–Field Level Media
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