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Hunter Dickinson leads Michigan Wolverines men's basketball to win in opener, 88-76, over Buffalo

By LARRY LAGE

AP Sports Writer

ANN ARBOR — Hunter Dickinson scored 27 points to help No. 6 Michigan open with an 88-76 win over Buffalo on Wednesday night.

The Wolverines started strong in their season opener, leading by as much as 21 points in the first half and going ahead 51-36 at halftime, before coming out flat in the second half.

The Bulls were much more aggressive and it paid off, allowing them to cut the deficit to five points with five-plus minutes left against coach Juwan Howard’s team.

“Juwan probably got a couple more gray hairs,” Dickinson said.

The players, meanwhile, learned a lesson about getting comfortable with a big lead.

“Things like that will help us down the stretch and help us prepare for the adversity that’s coming ahead for us,” Dickinson said.

Caleb Houstan helped Michigan pull away, making a 3-pointer to give the Wolverines a 15-point lead with 3:12 left. The highly touted freshman finished with 11 points and six rebounds.

“He’s such a a great shooter and the way our offense is designed, he’s going to have a lot of open shots,” Dickinson said. “He’s got a really good opportunity to score a lot for us.”

Terrance Williams scored 15 points and Eli Brooks had 11 points and four assists for the Wolverines.