Michigan men's basketball tops Ball State 84-65
By: Mike Stiles - Thursday, December 3, 2020

Isaiah Livers (file photo courtesy of DFP)

(ANN ARBOR) – Isaiah Livers scored 21 points on 8 of 11 shooting, Hunter Dickinson had his first career double-double, and Michigan beat Ball State 84-65 on Wednesday night. Dickinson, a freshman, finished with 12 points and a season-high 11 rebounds. Franz Wagner added 14 points and Mike Smith scored 10 for Michigan (3-0). After Ball State's Ishmael El-Amin made a layup to open the scoring, Wagner scored seven points, including the first four, in an 11-0 run that gave the Wolverines the lead for good. Dickinson made a layup to make it 34-14 with 5:39 left in the first half, but the Cardinals scored 19 of the last 25 first-half points. El-Amin hit a jumper early just 14 seconds after halftime to trim Ball State's deficit to 40-35, but Michigan scored the next six points and the Cardinals got no closer. K.J. Walton led Ball State (0-2) with 20 points. Luke Bumbalough added 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and El-Amin scored 10. The Wolverines shot 56% (33 of 59) from the field and outrebounded the Cardinals 41-26.