Michigan and Oakland both came out gunning in this game. Stu Douglass got Michigan going by sinking a three point shot on each of the first three possessions. Oakland was not rattled by the early three point display that Douglass put on. The Golden Grizzles hit some big shots of their own and had a 15-14 lead about 5 minutes into the contest.
Michigan answered that by going on an 18-0 run keyed by 3 three point daggers courtesy of Laval Lucas-Perry, who was making his long awaited Michigan debut. The Wolverines led by as many as 17 points late in the first half. Oakland trimmed that down to a manageable 8 point deficit at the break.
In the first half Michigan shot a remarkable 10-18 on three pointers
Erik Kangas, who shot a miserable 4-12 on three pointers, got hot early in the second half by draining 3 of his 4 triples and Oakland had cut the lead down to 6 points.
Again Michigan had an answer. This time the answer was back to back three pointers from Zack Novak and Kelvin Grady and just like that the lead was back to 12. Manny Harris helped ice the game for Michigan by scoring 6 of his 15 second half points in the final 3:38 of the game. The final score was 89-76. DeShawn Sims led Michigan, scoring 20 points and hauling down 9 rebounds. Manny Harris continues to amaze as he scored 15 points to go along with a career high 13 assists, 6 rebounds, a steal, and perhaps most significant was the fact the he had 0 turnovers in the game.
Laval Lucas-Perry did not disappoint in his debut as he scored 14 points in 16 minutes and shot 4-6 from beyond the arc. Stu Douglass scored 12 points on 4 of 7 shooting from three point land. Zack Novak chipped in 9 points.
I noticed Coach Beilein used Douglass and Novak on the floor together for the first time that I can remember. I liked the move.
Inside the numbers: Michigan had 24 assists on 30 made field goals and only turned the ball over 5 times. Michigan shot 13-29 good for 45% on three pointers. Michigan out rebounded Oakland 36-34. Michigan’s bench out scored Oakland’s bench 35-7.
Notes: Michigan reached 80 or more points for the third straight game, and fourth overall contest this season. U-M is averaging 74.4 points per game.
For the second straight game, Michigan closed with 24 assists and five turnovers. U-M reached that mark on 30 made field goals today. It also marked the third time this season the Maize and Blue had 20-plus assists in a game.
Anthony Wright did not play.
Quotes: Manny Harris on Laval Lucas-Perry, “He can shoot the ball very well. That opens up a lot of other stuff for our team. Not only can he shoot, but he can defend. He can do so many other things. He is probably 90 percent in practice from behind the arc. That is what he does. Anything less would have been a failure for him. We expected that.”