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Spring Grove grad Eli Brooks scores career-high 8 points in third-straight Michigan start

STAFF REPORT
  • Spring Grove High School graduate Eli Brooks made his third straight start for Michigan on Sunday.
  • Brooks scored a career-high eight points for the Wolverines in an 87-42 rout of UC Riverside.
  • Brooks and the Wolverines take on No. 9 North Carolina on Wednesday evening.

Eli Brooks is starting to cement himself into the starting point guard spot for the Michigan men's basketball team.

Michigan guard Eli Brooks (55) dribbles the ball in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against UC Riverside at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. The Spring Grove grad scored a career-high eight points and added a career-high four rebounds in Michigan's 87-42 win.

Making his third consecutive start for the Wolverines on Sunday, Nov. 26, Brooks had his best game of his young college career. The Spring Grove High School graduate helped Michigan roll to an 87-42 win over UC-Riverside to improve to 6-1.

Brooks played the fewest minutes of any of the Wolverines' starters, but he still managed to post his best statistical game of the season. He had eight points on 3-of-6 shooting. That is a new career high in points, while the 50 percent shooting is also a career high. Brooks also hauled in a career-high four rebounds, dished out a pair of assists and had a block.

Since being inserted into the starting lineup before Michigan's second game of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational on Tuesday, Nov. 21, Brooks is averaging 21 minutes, six points and 2.3 rebounds per game. The Wolverines are 3-0 in those games.

Brooks and Michigan will get their toughest test of the season on Wednesday, Nov. 29, when they travel to face No. 9 North Carolina in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Tip-off for that game is set for 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN.