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Battered Brandon Johns Jr. leads Michigan Wolverines past Rutgers, 69-63

Michigan's Zavier Simpson, front, drives past Rutgers's Daniel Lobach, top right, during the second half on Saturday in New York. Michigan won 69-63. (AP photo)

NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Johns Jr. left Madison Square Garden with a black eye, but also the best game of his career.
Johns Jr. scored a career-high 20 points and Michigan won its 10th straight in games at the Garden, beating No. 25 Rutgers 69-63 on Saturday.
“This is something that has happened all season long, game by game. Brandon’s been playing great for us all year,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard said. “This is not just today. Brandon’s been playing great for us all year. A lot of things that he’s doing to help us win don’t really show up in the box score.”
Including the purple welt that was forming under his right eye while sitting on the dais for the postgame news conference. Bumps and bruises that are becoming regular for Michigan’s sophomore big man.
“I guess it’s just normal for me now,” Johns said. “But I’ll take it. I’ll give everything to help the team win.”
Jon Teske added 14 points as the Wolverines (13-8, 4-6 Big Ten) improved to 12-0 against Rutgers, including a victory in the 1976 Final Four.