ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team opened its 2004-05 exhibition season today (Sunday, Nov. 7) with a 60-43 exhibition win over Michigan Tech at Crisler Arena. Sophomore Courtney Sims (Roslindale, Mass./Noble & Greenough School) and junior Daniel Horton (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill HS) lead the way with 13 points apiece. Sims also contributed eight rebounds and three blocks to lead the Wolverines in the preseason win.
After both teams started to feel each other out in the first few minutes, the Wolverines got on the board with Sims play down in the post as he scored the first six points for the Wolverines. After hitting a baseline jumper, the Wolverines went on a two-minute scoreless streak, but also did not allow Michigan Tech take advantage. Sims went up strong for a bucket and a foul, making the score 4-0 and on the next trip down floor he came up big again with a turn around shot in the lane pushing the score to 6-0 with 16:24 remaining in the first half.
Michigan Tech answered back with a their first points of the game by guard Radayl Richardson. With time running down on the shot clock, Richardson drained a three-pointer from the corner to cut the score to 6-3. Sophomore Dion Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford HS) answered for the Wolverines by sinking two baskets of his own, only to have Richardson come back with another bucket to make the score 10-5. The scoring started to pick midway through the first half when Michigan Tech's Josh Makela made a three-pointer counter by a series of baskets by junior Graham Brown (Mio, Mich./Mio-AuSable HS).
With 8:39 left to go in the half, Horton was stripped by Richardson who threw an outlet pass to Michigan Tech's Josh Buettner who capped off the play with a thunderous dunk. Horton redeemed himself on the next play with a three pointer from the top of the key to stretch the lead to 26-13. Michigan Tech's Jason Marcotte answered with a three pointer of his own to cut the lead back to 10. Michigan Tech continued to cut into the Wolverine's 13-point lead with baskets by Richardson and Buettner, ending the first half in a 33-24 score.
At the start of the second half, the Wolverines went back to Sims who made an early free throw and followed it up with two blocks. After Sims second block on Michigan Tech's Josh Buettner, Horton raced a head of the floor to make a three point shot from the wing, forcing Michigan Tech to take a timeout.
Out of the time out, sophomore Brent Petway (McDonough, Ga./Griffin HS) had two blocks that transferred into two buckets by junior Lester Abram (Pontiac, Mich./Northern HS). With 14:46 in the second period, Michigan Tech had only managed one point and given up three turnovers until Richardson drove the lane for two, making the score 41-27. The Michigan lead was extended to 44-27 after an Abram three pointer.
The Huskies and Wolverines then traded baskets, starting with a three pointer by Michigan Tech's Jason Marcotte. Horton answered for the Wolverines on a fast break lay up making the score 46-30 with 10:30 remaining in the game. On the next possession, Michigan Tech's Dusty Wabiszewski made a three point shot to bring the Huskies within 13, with 10:01 left.
After a two-minutes scoreless streak, the scoring picked up in bunches when Sims dropped in a basket from the low block to make the score 48-33. After two quick Huskie baskets, the Wolverines turned to Sims again who put in another basket, pushing the lead to 50-37 with 5:15 remaining.
The Wolverines finished out the final minutes of the game by allowing bench players to gain experience. Freshman Ron Coleman (Romulus, Mich./Romulus HS) came off the bench to score his first career basket, capping off 60-43 victory for the Wolverines.
The Wolverines will close out the exhibition season with its second and final game against Wayne State, Wednesday (Nov. 10). The scheduled tipoff against the Warriors will be 7:05 p.m. at Crisler Arena. The Maize and Blue open the regular season in the Preseason NIT, Monday (Nov. 15) with a first round game against Binghamton at Crisler Arena.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423