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Akunne, McLimans step up

Role players provide spark for Wolverines as they push to big lead, hang on for win

Updated: December 3, 2011, 4:20 PM ET
By Michael Rothstein | WolverineNation

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- John Beilein looked down his bench, and with his team somewhat floundering in the first half against Iowa State, he went beyond what had been his normal rotation.

He inserted two players who have been little-used members of Michigan's basketball team the past two-plus seasons -- junior guard Eso Akunne and redshirt sophomore forward Blake McLimans. Their appearance took a tie game and gave the Wolverines a cushion they would need Saturday in a 76-66 win over Iowa State. ...

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