ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team capped off its exhibition season with a resounding 67-54 win over Wayne State at Crisler Arena. The Wolverines accomplished the win with the help of out-rebounding the Warriors 38-28, with the main difference coming on offensive boards. Michigan had 14 offensive rebounds compared to Wayne State's eight with sophomore Brent Petway (McDonough, Ga./Griffin HS) being the main contributor for the Wolverines. Petway complimented his team-leading 15 boards with 11 points for a double-double, also adding two blocks and one assist.
Michigan had three other players reach double digits with junior Daniel Horton (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill HS) leading the team with 17 points, going 4-for-7 from the floor with three triples and a perfect 6-for-6 from the line. Junior Lester Abram (Pontiac, Mich./Northern HS) and sophomore Dion Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford HS) each rounded out the double-digit scoring with 14 apiece.
The Wolverines opened the game on a 7-2 run, highlighted by a Petway second-chance dunk off of an Abram miss. Petway again brought the crowd to its feet with another jam to push the score to 10-4 with 14:32 left in the first half.
Wayne State battled back, scoring two consecutive baskets, including a three-pointer from the corner, by Warrior Herb Goliday, cutting the Michigan lead to one. Horton answered back with a three of his own, making the score 13-9 with 12:06 remaining in the half.
After Wayne State's Morris Hall tied the game at 14 with a three-pointer from the corner, Michigan answered back with a Harris fall-away jumper. Harris continued his hot shooting with a three-pointer, to push the score to 23-19 with 4:35 left in the first half.
The Wolverines then went on a three-minute, 10-point run highlighted by five points from Abram. The Warriors held strong up until the end of the quarter, with Wayne State's Cortney Jenning ending the drought with a triple for the half's final basket. The Wolverines took a 30-22 lead into the locker room at break.
Neither team could get much going in the second half, but the Wolverines managed to retain their lead by going on a six-minute, 9-0 run, to make the score 39-22. Wayne State finally recorded their first points of the second half after six minutes of play with a three-pointer by guard Darrell Evans.
The Wolverines continued their hot shooting with a sophomore Courtney Sims (Roslindale, Mass./Noble & Greenough School) dunk, followed up by a fast break lay-up by Harris. Wayne State fought back with a 5-0 run, highlighted Erik Parker lay-in, to make the score 46-34.
After another Sims basket, Wayne State battled back with a 7-0 run, making the score 48-41 with 5:44 left to play in the game. Two free throws by junior Sherrod Harrell (Kalamazoo, Mich./Central HS) kept the Michigan lead alive, but Wayne State's Goliday was quick to counter with two of his own to cut the lead to seven.
With the contest winding down, the Wolverines continued to put up points to extend their lead over the Warriors. Michigan went on a 10-0 tear, with four different players contributing to the scoring. Michigan put the game away for good on an electrifying Petway slam that brought the crowd to its feet. The dunk was followed up by a clinching Horton three, capping off a 67-54 Wolverine victory.
The Wolverines have now completed their exhibition season and set their sights on the start of the regular season. The Maize and Blue open its 2004-05 season playing in the Preseason NIT. U-M will face Binghamton, Monday (Nov. 15), in the first round at Crisler Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.
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