The Maize and Blue shot 54.2 percent from the field as freshman Dommanic Ingerson (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS) led the team in scoring with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Junior forward LaVell Blanchard (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) and sophomore Bernard Robinson Jr. (Washington, D.C./New Hampton Prep, N.H.) added 12 each, followed by sophomore guard Avery Queen (Moreno Valley, Calif./Redemption Academy, N.Y.), senior guard Leon Jones (Battle Creek, Mich./Winchendon Prep, Mass.) and senior center Chris Young (Plymouth, Mich./Catholic Central HS) with 10 apiece. The last time Michigan had six players in double figures was on Feb. 14, 2001, against Iowa.
Michigan, which led 39-31 at halftime, blew the game open in the second half as it went on a 12-0 run to start the period before Vermont finally managed a basket at the 16:10 mark. Robinson helped ignite the run with five points and Queen capped the run with his first three-pointer of the game as the Wolverines amounted a 20-point lead, 51-31. From the 2:35 mark in the first half to nearly four minutes into the second half, Michigan outscored the Catamounts 21-2.
Vermont made a run in the middle of the second half when sophomore T.J. Sorrentine and freshman David Hehn connected from behind the arc on consecutive possessions to help the Catamounts pull within nine points at 60-51. Michigan extinguished those hopes however when it responded with three-pointers by Queen, Jones and Ingerson to go on a 9-0 run and extend the lead to 69-53.
The first half was a different story as Michigan and Vermont exchanged leads four times and were tied on eight different occasions before the Wolverines finally pulled ahead with a 9-2 run at the 2:35 mark. All nine of Michigan's points in the run came on three-pointers as Ingerson connected on two shots from behind the arc while Jones added his first three of the game at the 1:53 mark to help the Maize and Blue to the halftime lead.
Ingerson and Jones also helped Michigan overcome a 26-24 deficit with five minutes left before the break to give the Wolverines the lead for good. After Ingerson created his own shot in the paint to tie the game at 26-26, Jones converted a layup and Young scored his eighth point of the half on a bank shot to open up a four-point advantage, 30-26, before the 9-2 run.
Vermont managed to stay in the first half thanks to Sorrentine, senior Trevor Gaines and freshman Taylor Coppenrath. The Catamounts trio combined for 29 of the team's 31 points in the first half, including 13 by Gaines. In spite of their production, Michigan's blistering shooting percentage of 62.1 percent (18-29) proved to be the difference. Ingerson, Young and freshman forward Chuck Bailey (Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther King HS) posted the gaudiest numbers as the three combined to shoot 10-11 from the floor in the first 20 minutes.
Michigan's next game will be on Wednesday, Jan. 30, when it will travel to East Lansing, Mich., to take on Michigan State at 8:08 p.m.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423