Dickinson returns home, sparks No. 6 Michigan past Prairie View A&M

James Hawkins
The Detroit News

Sophomore center Hunter Dickinson wasted little time setting the tone in his return to the nation’s capital.

The Alexandria, Virginia, native scored the first seven points and No. 6 Michigan never looked back, rolling to a 77-49 win over Prairie View A&M Saturday in the inaugural Coaches vs. Racism event at Entertainment & Sports Arena.

Michigan's Hunter Dickinson (1) dunks the ball on Prairie View A&M's Jawaun Daniels (22) during the first half on Saturday.

Dickinson tallied his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan (2-0), which shot 45.5% (25-for-55) from the field and made 10 3-pointers but turned it over 20 times and struggled at the line again by missing 15 of its 32 free-throw attempts.

"I was excited for the game going against Prairie View," said Dickinson, who had several family members in the stands. "We knew it was going to be a hard-fought game. They play real tough. We knew we couldn't have an off night. I think we played pretty solid out there."

BOX SCORE: Michigan 77, Prairie View A&M 49

Fifth-year senior guard Eli Brooks led another balanced attack with 15 points. Freshman forward Caleb Houstan added 13 points and grad transfer guard DeVante’ Jones had 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists as Michigan's lead never dipped below 22 points over the final 17 minutes.

Dickinson used his size advantage and showed off his expanded repertoire during his quick start, scoring on an offensive tip-in, throwing down a feed from senior forward Brandon Johns Jr. and beating the buzzer with a 3-pointer — the first of his career — on Michigan’s first three possessions.

Dickinson, though, received plenty of help as Michigan had no problems with Prairie View A&M. The Wolverines ripped off a 15-2 run over a five-minute stretch that was fueled by freshmen Moussa Diabate and Houstan to take control.

Diabate was a menace on the glass and drew fouls at a high rate, grabbing an offensive rebound and converting a three-point play to kick off the flurry. Houstan scored on an offensive putback and drained a 3-pointer in transition. By the time Diabate ended the spurt with a hook shot and another free throw, Michigan held a 28-9 advantage with 8:57 left in the first half.

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Dickinson went back to work late in the half. He corralled an offensive rebound off a missed free throw and cashed in with a second-chance layup. Then following a steal by Jones, he scored another bucket in the paint to cap an 8-0 run that widened the gap to 42-16 at the 3:30 mark.

After a sloppy closing stretch allowed Prairie View A&M to cut the deficit to 42-23 at the break, Michigan held the Panthers to one made field goal over the first four minutes of the second half and used back-to-back 3-pointers from Houstan and Brooks to push the lead back over 20 for keeps.

From there, the misses and turnovers piled up. Yet, despite going nearly seven minutes between made field goals, Michigan made enough free throws to maintain a big lead until freshman guard Kobe Bufkin stopped the drought with a driving layup at the 7:32 mark.

Bufkin followed that up with a 3-pointer to give Michigan its largest lead, 68-41, until the closing minutes after the Wolverines emptied their bench and coasted to the finish line.

William Douglas scored 15 and Jeremiah Gambrell 11 for Prairie View A&M (0-3), which shot 19.4% (7-for-36) in the second half, was outrebounded 52-32 and scored 17 points off Michigan's turnovers.


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