Season 2 of the John Beilein era has finally started. Michigan opened up against Michigan Tech in the 2K Sports Classic. Here was the starting 5:
During the game I was taking some notes and compiled the following tidbits in chronological order.
The first two made field goals in the game were both 3 pointers by Anthony Wright. Those would be the only points Wright scored in the game. Shortly thereafter Manny Harris hoisted an air ball 3 point attempt and that was probably the only thing he did wrong in this game as he finished with a career high 30 points on 10-15 shooting and hauled in 7 RBs.
Zack Gibson made a nice move when he shot faked a 3 pointer and drove to the rack for a dunk. The first time out in the game saw Michigan up 10-7.
After the time out Zack Novak executed a nice bounce pass to Gibson for a lay up. Moments later Gibson stole the ball and the ensuing fast break resulted in a Manny Harris lay up.
The Michigan defense was very active in this game and they played with a lot of energy. Kelvin Grady notched a steal and took it coast to coast for a lay up.
At the 10:00 minute mark of the first half the score was 19-10 Michigan.
Peedi Sims started making an impact rebounding and scoring in the paint and hitting a nice 8 footer. Manny Harris was slicing through the Tech defense with relative ease.
Another time out saw Michigan’s lead jump to 23-12.
David Merritt knocked down a 3 pointer off the dribble.
Manny Harris drove the lane and kicked it out to Gibson who knocked down a 3 pointer. Harris then hit a 3 ball of his own.
At the half Michigan had built a 42-24 lead and Manny Harris had 18 points. The first half stats for Michigan:
5-10 3pt FG
11 points off turnovers
Stu Douglass was a bit out of synch to start the half. He had a 3 point opportunity and instead of shooting threw a pass to Gibson who was expecting a shot and not a pass. Not long after that Douglass missed a 3 point attempt.
Meanwhile Manny Harris curled off of a screen to receive a pass and nailed a 3 ball.
Michigan Tech chipped away at the lead a bit and the score was 45-34 Michigan.
Jay Williams was doing the color commentary and was talking about Laval Lucas Perry and his transfer from Arizona. He said he had talked with Jerryd Bayless about LLP and he told Williams that Lucas-Perry was one of the toughest guys for him to guard. Williams later said that when LLP was eligible to play it was going to really improve Michigan’s team.
Michigan was running the break well. Manny Harris finished strong for a 3 point play.
Zack Novak threw an alley-oop to Sims on a fast break for a lay up.
After Tech had cut the lead to 45-34 a few minutes prior Michigan had opened it back up to a 57-37 lead.
At the 10:00 minute mark the score was 57-42.
Novak had another nice assist on a fast break to Sims for a lay up.
Jay Williams said that Manny Harris has the size and game skills of a prototypical NBA 2 guard. He wondered how long Manny would stay at Michigan.
Novak continued to show his prowess on the fast break with a lay up.
With 5:19 left to play in the game Manny Harris’ night was done.
Stu Douglass came up short on a 3 pointer, hitting the front of the rim. Sims also missed a 3 pointer. CJ Lee hit a 3 from the corner and Beilein sent in the 7 foot freshman, Ben Cronin along with redshirt freshmen Eric Puls. Douglass missed another 3, this time from the corner. He might have been a little tight in this game and should rebound against Northeastern. Despite the shooting woes Douglass did dish out 4 assists in 17 minutes.
Cronin was fouled on a nice move in the blocks and hit both free throws. He has a really nice stroke at the line. He also pulled down a couple of rebounds. Eric Puls tallied his first basket in a Michigan uniform on a lay up.
The final score was 77-55 Michigan.
8-24 3pt FG
In addition to Manny’s big night, Sims recorded a double double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Gibson scored 11 points.