Nov. 11, 2011
This is the Wolverines' ninth straight season-opening victory, extending a streak that dates back to 2003.
Friday's game marked the first-ever meeting between Michigan and Ferris State in the regular season.
Michigan held Ferris State to only 33 points on 28 percent (14-of-50) shooting. The last time the Wolverines held an opponent to 33 points was at home in a 66-33 win over Michigan State in the 1948 season opener on Dec. 4. U-M picked up a 66-35 win over South Carolina Upstate in last season's opener (Nov. 13, 2010).
Evan Smotrycz tied for a game high with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting (56 percent), including 3-of-4 (75 percent) from behind the arc. Smotrycz added a game-high two blocks and two steals, as well as three rebounds and an assist in the win.
Stu Douglass tied for a game high with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting (50 percent), including 3-of-7 (43 percent) from three-point range. Douglass added a team-high four assists and two steals, as well as five rebounds in the victory.
Tim Hardaway Jr. finished with 12 points on 4-of-12 (33 percent) shooting, including 2-of-6 (33 percent) from behind the arc. Hardaway joined Evan Smotrycz (14) and Stu Douglass (14) as the only Wolverines to score in double figures. Hardaway added three assists, two rebounds, and a block in the win.
Jordan Morgan led U-M with six rebounds, five defensive and one offensive, coming off the bench. Morgan added seven points in the win.
Michigan shot 39 percent (22-of-56) from the field; 28 percent (8-of-29) in the first half, and 52 percent (14-of-27) in the second half. U-M shot 32 percent (9-of-28) from three-point range; 24 percent (4-of-17) in the first half and 46 percent (5-of-11) in the second half.
Michigan and Ferris State tied with 39 rebounds each.
The Wolverines had 12 assists and turned the ball over 10 times.
U-M's defense forced Ferris State into 17 turnovers, leading to 13 points.
Michigan outscored Ferris State in points in the paint (22-14), points off turnovers (13-4), second-chance points (6-2), and fast-break points (2-0).
The game featured one tie and three lead changes. Michigan led by as many as 26 and never trailed after Stu Douglass' three-pointer made the score 6-4 with 16:58 remaining in the first half.
U-M wore its maize jerseys for the season opener.
For the opening game, Michigan went with the starting lineup of Stu Douglass, Zack Novak, Tim Hardaway Jr., Evan Smotrycz, and Jon Horford. With his start, Stu Douglass has now appeared in 103 consecutive games for the Wolverines, having not missed a single game in his career.
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