Nov. 8, 2013
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The season opener featured a pregame banner raising ceremony in honor of Michigan's run to
the 2013 Final Four.
Michigan featured three players in double-figure scoring: Caris LeVert (17), Glenn Robinson III (15) and Zak Irvin (10).
Caris LeVert set career bests in points (17), rebounds (5) and field goals made (6) on 11 shots taken, which tie a career high.
Jon Horford led the Michigan rebounding effort, pulling down a career-high 12 of Michigan's 39 team boards to go with his five points. Horford's previous career-best rebounding mark was nine, from a win against N.C. Central on Dec. 14, 2010.
As a team, Michigan shot 37.7 percent (20-of-53), including 5-of-18 from three. Four different Wolverines sank a three-point basket in the win: Nik Stauskas, Caris LeVert, Spike Albrecht and Zak Irvin (2), who hit the first triples of his career.
Five different players recorded a steal for the Maize and Blue: Glenn Robinson III (3; ties career high; last vs. Kansas on March 29, 2013), Derrick Walton Jr. (3), Jon Horford (1), Caris LeVert (2; ties career high; last vs. MSU on March 3, 2013) and Jordan Morgan (1).
Six different players recorded an assist: Glenn Robinson III (4; ties career high; last vs. OSU on Feb. 5, 2013), Derrick Walton Jr. (4), Nik Stauskas (2), Jon Horford, Caris LeVert and Spike Albrecht (1 apiece).
The Wolverines began the game on an 8-0 run, holding UMass Lowell without a basket for the first 5:33 of the contest.
U-M was tied 23-23 at the half and led by Glenn Robinson III's 10 points and five rebounds.
After UMass Lowell hit the first shot of the second half, Michigan opened things up with a 21-0 run to create a comfortable lead. The Wolverines went on to outscore the River Hawks 46-19 in the second half.
The Riverhawks were held to just one field goal in the first 12:08 of the second half, scoring their other five second-half points via free throws.
Michigan's second-half surge was in part due to excellent free-throw shooting, as U-M hit 14 of 17 in the half from the line, going 24 of 32 in the contest.
The Wolverines forced 15 turnovers and scored 24 of their 69 total points off those turnovers while turning the ball over just seven times themselves. U-M led the nation with 9.46 turnovers per contest during the 2012-13 campaign.
Six freshmen saw game action, including the first career start for Derrick Walton Jr.; Zak Irvin, Sean Lonergan, Andrew Dakich, Cole McConnell and recent walk-on addition Brad Anlauf came off the bench.
For the season opener, Michigan went with a starting lineup of: Derrick Walton Jr., Caris LeVert, Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Jon Horford.
Tonight's attendance was a sold-out 12,707.