Hunter Dickinson, Michigan Wolverines hold off Minnesota

Ann Arbor — If you ask Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson, there’s no such thing as an ugly win.

But if there ever was one that would fit the description in the junior center’s book, Sunday’s 60-56 victory over Minnesota at Crisler Center would certainly qualify.

The Wolverines fell behind by double digits roughly six minutes into the game against the last-place team in the Big Ten. They apparently couldn’t buy a jumper throughout the first half.

BOX SCORE: Michigan 60, Minnesota 56

Things went from bad to worse when freshman wing Jett Howard, the team’s top 3-point shooter and one of its primary scorers, went down with a left ankle injury shortly before halftime and missed the entire second half.

Still, the Wolverines (11-8, 5-3 Big Ten) managed to persevere. They banded together after losing one of their key pieces and did enough in the second half to push past the pesky Golden Gophers.

Hunter Dickinson scored 23 to lead Michigan on Sunday.

“People from social media or the media would say that’s an ugly win for us. But as a player, I feel like any win in the Big Ten is a big win for us,” said Dickinson, who led the way with 23 points and nine rebounds to help Michigan sweep the regular-season series against Minnesota.

Minnesota went to Ohio State and beat them at home. They’re capable of beating good teams in the league. For us to battle back from adversity and defeat them was a big win for us. It’s something that we needed going into Purdue (on Thursday).”

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