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Michigan Beats No. 8 Gonzaga 82-64 To Win Atlantis Title

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November 29, 2019

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Junior forward Isaiah Livers had 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting to lead Michigan (7-0), which shot 60% (18-for-30) from the field in the second half and joined Wisconsin as the only Big Ten teams to win the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament since its inception in 2011.

Senior center Jon Teske (19 points and career-high 15 rebounds) and senior guard Zavier Simpson (13 points and 13 assists) added double-doubles, while freshman wing Franz Wagner scored 10.

Michigan beat sixth-ranked North Carolina on Thursday and finished a memorable three-game run to the title by giving first-year coach Juwan Howard another marquee victory.

“Well, I’m sure we’re on the map now,” Howard said with a chuckle.

Howard took over for John Beilein and inherited a team that lost its top three scorers to leave uncertainty even with several experienced players returning. But the Wolverines shot 50% or better in every game, handled two top-10 teams with ease and likely secured themselves a debut in next week’s latest AP Top 25 poll.

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