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Evaluating Brandon Johns' first start for Michigan basketball: 'He gave us the energy'

Isaiah Livers occupied the eighth seat on the bench on Sunday. All Michigan basketball's leading scorer could do was watch.

Livers, indefinitely out with a left groin injury, watched as his replacement made his first start for Michigan on Sunday. And as Brandon Johns Jr.'s performance was evaluated after U-M's 86-60 victory over UMass Lowell at Crisler Center, it was clear he provided more for the Wolverines than just his modest stat line of six points, four rebounds and one assist.

“I think they all did great filling in what we are missing,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard said.