ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team remained undefeated on the season (3-0) with a 70-49 win over Sacramento State Friday night (Nov. 19) in front of 9,943 fans at Crisler Arena. The Wolverines started off strong, creating a 12-point advantage, but the Hornets bounced back, bringing the game within four points by halftime. A strong second half by sophomore Brent Petway (McDonough, Ga./Griffin HS) allowed U-M to double-up Sacramento's second-half scoring output, 36-18, leading to a Michigan victory.
Petway led the U-M swat team with seven blocked shots.
Sophomore Courtney Sims (Roslindale, Mass./Noble & Greenough School)
paved the way for Michigan by posting 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and 7-of-9 from the foul line, to go along with nine rebounds and two blocks. Sims led four Wolverines in double figures, including the backcourt of junior Daniel Horton (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill HS)
and sophomore Dion Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford HS)
. Horton's 13 points and five assists complemented Harris's 14 points, including a perfect 4-for-4 from the foul line. Petway chipped in with 11-points of his own and an amazing seven blocks. Petway's seven blocks are the most in U-M history since 1993.
Sacramento State opened up the game with a coast-to-coast lay-up by Dashawn Freeman to give the Hornets an early 2-0 advantage. The excitement was shorted lived however, as Michigan countered with a 7-0 run, holding Sacramento State scoreless for almost four minutes. The run was highlighted by an early Horton three from the wing.
The Hornets ended their scoreless streak with a three-pointer from Alex Bausley, making the score a 7-5 Wolverine advantage with 15:07 remaining in the first half. U-M failed to convert on another field goal attempt for nearly three minutes until Harris drained a three-pointer, extending the Michigan lead to six.
After a Schuyler McKay bucket brought Sacramento State within two, Michigan went on a 12-2 run, widening the lead to 25-13 with 6:35 left in the first half. The run was led by Sims and Horton who had six points apiece, including five points coming from the charity stripe.
Sacramento State remained calm, answering with an 11-1 run, bringing the score to 26-24 with 3:30 left until the break. Freeman led the Hornet's charge with five points including a three-pointer to bring the game within four.
Michigan traded baskets with Sacramento State for the remaining minutes of the half, going into the locker room with a 34-31 lead. Sims and Horton were the Wolverines' key contributors in the first half. Sims posted 13 points and seven rebounds, as Horton added nine points and three assists. Petway hosted his own private block party, turning out five blocks including an incredible three-block stand on one possession.
U-M came out strong in the second half, going on a 9-3 run, capped off with a Petway dunk, to put Michigan up 43-34 five minutes into the second half. The Wolverines never looked back, going on another 10-0 run later in the half, extending there lead to a game-high 22 points, with 2:42 remaining in the game.
Michigan brought out the reserves for the final few minutes of the game. Freshman Ron Coleman (Romulus, Mich./Romulus HS) returned to the floor and quickly took advantage of a scoring opportunity under the basket. He was fouled on a lay-up, adding another point with his bonus free throw with five seconds remaining to cap off a 70-49 U-M victory.
The Wolverines have advanced to the Preseason NIT semifinals and will face Arizona next Wednesday (Nov. 24) at Madison Square Garden in New York City, N.Y. Tipoff will be at 9 p.m., and the contest will be televised by ESPN2.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423