Score: Michigan 81, Saginaw Valley State 55
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, Nov. 11 -- vs. Michigan Tech - 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer First Round (Crisler Arena), 7 p.m.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team defeated the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals, 81-55, during an exhibition contest Thursday night (Nov. 6) in Crisler Arena. Despite only holding a four-point lead at the half, the Wolverines nailed 11 three-pointers in the contest and outscored the Cardinals 47-25 during the second half to claim the 26-point victory.
Junior forward DeShawn Sims(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Pershing HS) registered a team-high 19 points and nine rebounds in the contest, falling only one board shy of a double-double from off of the bench. Sophomore guard Manny Harris(Detroit, Mich./Redford HS) and senior/junior forward Zack Gibson(Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc HS) also posted double-digit scoring efforts, accounting for 16 and 11 points, respectively.
Michigan owned a 34-30 advantage at the break due to stellar shooting from behind the arc as the Wolverines converted 7-of-11 long-distance attempts to overcome a 17-9 rebounding deficit in the opening period. Gibson fueled the home squad to start the game, recording a team-high nine points and two three-point buckets in the first half.
After claiming the initial advantage 18-12 with an 11-4 surge early in the first half, the Maize and Blue did not convert an attempt from the floor for seven consecutive minutes. The Cardinals orchestrated a 15-2 run during the drought to obtain the 27-20 edge, with Gibson tallying U-M's only points off of two free throws.
The Wolverines answered with a 14-3 stretch during the final four minutes of the first period and ended the half with two long-range conversions. Freshman guard Stu Douglass(Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS) opened and closed the scoring streak with a pair of outside buckets to finish perfect from behind the line in the first period. Douglass earned six points and four assists during his first 12 minutes of collegiate action and ended the day with nine points and six assists.
In the first five minutes of the second stanza, U-M expanded the margin to 10 points, 47-37, sparked by a three-point play at the line by Harris. The pre-season All-Big Ten selection recorded nine of Michigan's 13 points to open the second half after only collecting two points in the first 20 minutes of action.
For the remainder of the contest, the Wolverines dictated the pace of the game and did not allow the Cardinals to pull within eight points of the home squad. Harris and Sims combined for 25 second-half points, and junior/sophomore forward Anthony Wright(Sterling, Va./Oak Hill Academy) supplied an additional six points off of two three-pointers.
Opening the 2008-09 regular season, U-M hosts Michigan Tech next Tuesday night (Nov. 11) in Crisler Arena during the first round of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. The in-state match-up is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423