Michigan basketball’s Moussa Diabate unleashes on Iowa in 84-79 win

IOWA CITY, Iowa — From the moment Michigan basketball welcomed freshman forward Moussa Diabate to Ann Arbor, the descriptions from teammates and coaches seemed to land on attributes that separate the passionate, comedic, hyper-athletic and ultra-skilled big man from anyone else on the roster.  

Questions to coach Juwan Howard elicit answers touching on his work ethic and desire to improve. Questions to his teammates deliver admiration for a player with NBA skills.  

And if questions were posed to Iowa, a team whose season was wavering just like Michigan’s, they might only bring an absence of speech following 40 minutes of futile efforts to stop him.  

Five days after Diabate yielded most of the 28 points scored by Ohio State star E.J. Liddell, he matched that point total in the best game of his young career, as the Wolverines held on to win, 84-79, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Diabate’s 28 points and eight rebounds outshone Keegan Murray, the Big Ten’s leading scorer  — and the player he was responsible for guarding much of the evening. Diabate and center Hunter Dickinson combined for 42 points and 17 rebounds to propel the Wolverines to their biggest road victory of the season by dominating the paint.  

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