Michigan played game number 2 this season against Northeastern in the regional final of the 2K Sports Classic. Coach Beilein went with the same starting five that he used against Michigan Tech.
Northeastern had the lead briefly at the beginning of the game. They were up 2-0 and maybe 4-2. At the first time out Michigan was up 10-7 and never trailed the rest of the way.
I wondered how Manny Harris would follow up his 30 point 7 rebound performance. Well all he did was score 26 points, grab 10 rebounds, dish out 8 assists and for good measure he notched a steal and a block. Wow, Manny was great.
Inside the numbers: Michigan shot 53.5% from the field and held Northeastern to 29.3%. Michigan had 15 assists against 14 turnovers. Michigan was 5-14 on three point shooting.
Michigan was getting hammered on the boards by Northeastern in the first half but by the end of the game the rebounding tally was tied at 29 for each team. However Northeastern did have 18 offensive rebounds to Michigan’s 9.
He flirted with the second triple double in Michigan history. Gary Grant is the only Wolverine to ever record a triple double and he did it on 3/14/1987 against North Carolina.
Deshawn Sims chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds in 32 minutes off the bench. He was on the receiving end of at least 4 nice feeds from Manny. Jay Williams remarked during the telecast that Manny was spoon feeding Sims down low. He sure was and that was great to see Sims making his presence felt in the paint.
At the half Michigan was up 29-23. The good was that the Wolverines had gone 11-11 on free throws in the first half. The bad was Northeastern tallied 11 offensive rebounds in the half.
Coming out to start the second half Douglass knocked down another triple. Douglass followed that up moments later by picking up a steal and feeding Harris on the fast break for a 3 point basket that put Michigan up 42-29.
Northeastern chipped away at the lead and had it down to 49-41. However, Michigan went on a nice run to put the game away for good.
In the second half Zack Novak nailed a 3 pointer and was also fouled on a missed three pointer and he converted all 3 free throws. Speaking of free throws Michigan shot 25-26 from the line, which is good for 96.2%.
The final score was 76-56 and Michigan punched their ticket to Madison Square Garden and a likely match up on Thursday (11/20) with UCLA.
From the who cares department: I noticed that Jevohn Shepherd is starting to look like Jerod Ward.