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Michigan loses another winnable game, falling to Maryland

The Wolverines shot 40 percent and had 11 turnovers in the loss.

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Jacob Singer Jake Singer is a junior at the University of Michigan majoring in Political Science. He is a Michigan Football and Basketball Writer for SB Nation's Maize and Brew

In a battle of struggling Big Ten teams, the Michigan Wolverines lost another close game, this time to the Maryland Terrapins, 64-57.

The first half in College Park started very ugly for both teams. Through eight minutes in the contest, the Terrapins shot 3-for-11 from the field, 0-of-5 from three-point range and 0-of-3 from the free-throw line. The Wolverines weren’t much better, shooting 2-for-9 in the same span and 1-for-3 from three.

If the half couldn’t get much worse, both teams went on a five-minute scoring drought with 11 combined missed field goals, until Olivier Nkamhoua broke it with 11:00 remaining in the half. With 10 minutes passed, the score was 10-10 and Maryland was on a 6:30 scoring drought.

The next four minutes saw the Terrapins get into some rhythm, going up by two. But this was short-lived as Michigan went on a 12-0 run (5-of-5 from the field) in two minutes out of the under-eight timeout to go up, 25-15. In that span, Maryland had three turnovers.

The half ended with another Terrapins scoring drought, and Michigan took a 33-21 lead into halftime. Michigan shot 50 percent from the field and 56 percent from three while Maryland shot 33 percent and nine percent from three. Both teams had nine turnovers in the half.

Jaelin Llewellyn led the Wolverines in scoring with eight points, with Nimari Burnett and Nkamhoua right behind with seven. Jahmir Young led all scorers with 10.

Coming out of the half, Maryland looked like a completely different team, going on a 6-0 run in just over a minute to cut the lead to six points. The Terps cooled off, though, and both teams went scoreless for three minutes until Will Tschetter made a layup to push the lead back to eight points at the under-16-minute timeout.

Out of the timeout, the Wolverines turned the ball over twice and Maryland took advantage by scoring six straight to cut the Michigan lead to three. While Nkamhoua tried to keep the Wolverines from giving up the lead with four points on back-to-back possessions, the Terrapins continued to answer. They made back-to-back three-pointers by Donta Scott and Jamie Kaiser Jr., cutting the Michigan lead to one point with 11:36 left.

With exactly 10 minutes remaining, Tschetter committed his fourth foul, which also allowed Maryland to tie the game at 44. A few minutes later, Scott hit a three that gave the Terps their first lead since the 15:14 mark in the first half. Scott made another three-pointer on the next possession to give Maryland a 52-50 lead with seven minutes left.

Out of the timeout, it only got worse for the Wolverines behind missed shots by Nkamhoua and a missed free throw by Llewelyn. While Michigan started to miss, the Terrapins started to come alive, as Kaiser made a three-pointer and Scott added to his game-leading total with another basket, increasing Maryland’s lead to seven.

Out of the final media timeout, Tarris Reed Jr. made a pair of free throws, and Nkamhoua added to his team-high with 18 (also surpassing 1,000 points for his career) to cut the Maryland lead to three with two minutes remaining.

While the Wolverines went scoreless for the next minute, they still had a chance to win the game, as the Terps could not complete a field goal and turned the ball over with 48 seconds left. After their final timeout, Burnett couldn’t make a layup with 23 seconds left, and Tschetter fouled out after Maryland collected the rebound. Julian Reese proceeded to make both free throws, and Michigan lost yet another close game.

For Maryland, Scott and Reese finished with 22 and 14, respectively. For the Wolverines, Nkamhoua finished with 18 points.

Michigan will be back in action against Ohio State at home on Monday at noon.