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Brazdeikis scores 23 to lead No. 17 Michigan over Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Coming off their worst game of the season, No. 7 Michigan did almost everything right to give coach John Beilein a school record-setting win on his 66th birthday.

Freshman Ignas Brazdeikis scored 23 points, Zavier Simpson came close to the triple-double and the Wolverines (21-2, 10-2 Big Ten) hit nine of their first 11 shots in opening a big lead and beating Rutgers 77-65 on Tuesday night.

''We were really good today,'' Beilein said. ''I really loved just about everything about our game except that 14-second span where we lost our minds and they scored eight points.''

The eight-point run allowed Rutgers (11-11, 4-8) to cut into an early 17-point lead but it never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Beilein referred to the win on his birthday as boring, and added he would cherish it for 10 minutes before looking at statistics for this weekend's game against No. 19 Wisconsin.

''It's a sickness that I can't get away from, but that's what it is,'' he said. ''I am trying to realize that I am not going to coach forever and these are great wins, these road wins. For us to have four road wins already in this conference is a great accomplishment.''

There were a lot of contributors.

Zavier Simpson added 14 points, seven assists and seven rebounds as the Wolverines bounced back from a dreadful performance in a 74-59 loss to Iowa. Jordan Poole added 15 points and Charles Matthews had 11 in giving Beilein his 121st win in the conference for Michigan, a school record. He share the old record with Johnny Orr.

Eugene Omoruyi, who spent a year in high school with Brazdekis in Ontario, Canada, had 21 to lead Rutgers. Montez Mathis added 12 points.

''When you are playing an elite team you can't have a bad start, you can't have a bad middle and you can't have a bad ending,'' Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell said. ''You have to play well all the time. You can't have any bad against an elite team and we happened to not start off the right way.''

Brazdeikis scored Michigan's first eight points and Matthews chipped in with nine in helping Michigan open its 27-10 lead.

Brazdeikis finished 8 of 14 from the field, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range. His point total was one off his career-high of 24 against North Carolina.

For much of the night he was paired head to head with Omoruyi, who was his roommate in his first year at prep school.

''He literally taught me a lot that I know today about mental toughness,'' Brazdeikis said. ''It was a lot of fun going against him. It doesn't matter who I am playing against. The other team is the enemy. It's a blank face every time I play an opponent, whoever is guarding me, it doesn't matter. It was a lot of fun playing against him.''

GOOD DEFENSE: Michigan held Rutgers guard Gio Baker to eight points on 1 of 9 shooting. He was averaging 13.2 points. Beilein said he mentioned Baker's name about 100 times in the two practices leading up to the game.

BIG PICTURE

Michigan: The Wolverines did not get caught looking past Rutgers to Wisconsin this weekend. The Badgers beat the Wolverines 64-54 on Jan. 19 to hand them their first loss after a 17-0 start.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights are relentless. Despite being down early, they kept coming back and forced Beilein to play his starters until the final minute. Their four conference wins are two less than Pikiell had combined in his first two seasons here.

UP NEXT

Michigan: Return home to face No. 19 Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon.

Rutgers: At Illinois on Saturday afternoon in their only meeting this season.

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Key Players
Z. Simpson
3 G
G. Baker
0 G
34.2 Min. Per Game 34.2
13.2 Pts. Per Game 13.2
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
2.8 Reb. Per Game 2.8
43.5 Field Goal % 35.0
27.5 Three Point % 35.4
63.4 Free Throw % 72.3
+ 3 Caleb McConnell made 3-pt. jump shot 3.0
+ 3 Isaiah Livers made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eli Brooks 9.0
  Defensive rebound by Michigan 40.0
  Eugene Omoruyi missed layup 42.0
+ 1 Charles Matthews made 2nd of 2 free throws 55.0
+ 1 Charles Matthews made 2nd of 2 free throws 55.0
  Charles Matthews missed 1st of 2 free throws 55.0
  Personal foul on Geo Baker 55.0
  Defensive rebound by Charles Matthews 55.0
  Geo Baker missed 3-pt. jump shot 57.0
+ 1 Jordan Poole made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:02
Team Stats
Points 77 65
Field Goals 26-58 (44.8%) 24-58 (41.4%)
3-Pointers 11-23 (47.8%) 5-12 (41.7%)
Free Throws 14-17 (82.4%) 12-16 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 34 36
Offensive 4 9
Defensive 25 25
Team 5 2
Assists 14 12
Steals 3 4
Blocks 5 4
Turnovers 7 9
Fouls 17 18
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 5 REB
21 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo 7 Michigan 21-2 433477
home team logo Rutgers 11-11 313465
Team Stats
away team logo 7 Michigan 21-2 70.4 PPG 37.7 RPG 14.0 APG
home team logo Rutgers 11-11 67.9 PPG 42.2 RPG 12.6 APG
Key Players
13
I. Brazdeikis F 15.1 PPG 5.2 RPG 0.9 APG 46.9 FG%
5
E. Omoruyi F 13.8 PPG 7.2 RPG 2.4 APG 44.5 FG%
Top Scorers
I. Brazdeikis F 23 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
E. Omoruyi F 21 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
44.8 FG% 41.4
47.8 3PT FG% 41.7
82.4 FT% 75.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Brazdeikis 23 5 0 8/14 5/9 2/2 2 33 0 2 1 0 5
J. Poole 15 3 1 5/13 3/6 2/2 2 37 2 0 1 1 2
Z. Simpson 14 7 7 4/7 1/1 5/6 4 38 0 0 4 0 7
C. Matthews 11 5 4 3/8 1/3 4/6 2 36 1 1 1 1 4
J. Teske 7 5 0 3/10 0/3 1/1 2 34 0 2 0 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Brazdeikis 23 5 0 8/14 5/9 2/2 2 33 0 2 1 0 5
J. Poole 15 3 1 5/13 3/6 2/2 2 37 2 0 1 1 2
Z. Simpson 14 7 7 4/7 1/1 5/6 4 38 0 0 4 0 7
C. Matthews 11 5 4 3/8 1/3 4/6 2 36 1 1 1 1 4
J. Teske 7 5 0 3/10 0/3 1/1 2 34 0 2 0 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Livers 5 3 0 2/3 1/1 0/0 3 12 0 0 0 0 3
B. Johns Jr. 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 5 0 0 0 1 0
E. Brooks 0 0 2 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
A. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Faulds - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Baird - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Ozuna-Harrison - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Castleton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. DeJulius - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Nunez - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 77 29 14 26/58 11/23 14/17 17 200 3 5 7 4 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Omoruyi 21 4 2 8/17 1/2 4/6 2 31 0 0 1 3 1
M. Mathis 12 3 5 4/8 1/1 3/4 0 33 0 0 1 1 2
S. Doorson 8 6 0 4/4 0/0 0/0 2 22 1 2 1 1 5
G. Baker 8 8 3 1/9 1/6 5/6 5 33 1 1 2 0 8
R. Harper Jr. 2 2 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 3 16 1 0 0 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Omoruyi 21 4 2 8/17 1/2 4/6 2 31 0 0 1 3 1
M. Mathis 12 3 5 4/8 1/1 3/4 0 33 0 0 1 1 2
S. Doorson 8 6 0 4/4 0/0 0/0 2 22 1 2 1 1 5
G. Baker 8 8 3 1/9 1/6 5/6 5 33 1 1 2 0 8
R. Harper Jr. 2 2 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 3 16 1 0 0 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Johnson 8 4 0 4/9 0/0 0/0 2 18 1 1 1 4 0
P. Kiss 3 3 0 1/3 1/1 0/0 2 20 0 0 0 0 3
C. McConnell 3 1 1 1/4 1/1 0/0 1 14 0 0 1 0 1
I. Thiam 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
S. Carter 0 3 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 9 0 0 2 0 3
J. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Downes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Nathan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Doucoure - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Brooks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 65 34 12 24/58 5/12 12/16 18 200 4 4 9 9 25