Livers scores 21, Michigan beat Ball State

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Michigan guard Mike Smith (12) drives on Ball State guard K.J. Walton (1) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — 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. Walton and Bumbalough combined on 13-of-24 (54%) while the rest of the Cardinals shot just 29.7% (11 of 37) from the field.

The Wolverines shot 56% (33 of 59) from the field and outrebounded the Cardinals 41-26.

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