ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team took a sound 65-56 victory from Youngstown State Wednesday (Nov. 22) at Crisler Arena. The Wolverines (6-0) maintained a subtle dominance throughout the contest, establishing an early lead while containing the Penguins with solid defense.
Senior Brent Petway (McDonough, Ga./Griffin HS) was much of the reason Michigan kept distance from the Penguins in the first half as he brought down nine rebounds and put up 11 points. He secured his second double-double of the season in the second frame, finishing the game with 10 boards and 13 points after going 6-for-8 from the field including three monster dunks. Senior Courtney Sims (Boston, Mass./Noble & Greenough School) led the team in scoring with 18 points, hitting 7-for-11 from the field in addition to four free throws and five boards.
Seniors Lester Abram (Pontiac, Mich./Northern HS) and Dion Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford HS) each contributed key performances as Abram rounded out Michigan's trio of double-digit scorers with 13 and Harris posted a season-best seven assists. Abram hit 5-for-10 from the floor with three triples, adding three assists, three steals and two rebounds. Harris finished with five points, three rebounds and one steal.
The Wolverines were able to jump ahead early in the first half thanks to good ball distribution and solid perimeter shooting. Of Michigan's first eight field goals, five were from three-point land as U-M mounted a 22-10 lead over the Penguins with 10:06 remaining in the half.
After the Wolverines gained some distance from the Penguins via the three-point shot, they capitalized from solid post play for the remainder of the half. Petway and Sims went on to combine for 13 points for an inside presence while holding the Penguins defensively to maintain a 12-point advantage. At the half it was Michigan 35, Youngstown State 23 heading into the locker rooms.
The second half began with a wave of scoring as Michigan came out firing. After Harris and Abram opened with back-to-back field goals, the Wolverines put together a 13-6 run for a 19-point lead with 15:56 remaining.
Michigan capitalized on a Youngstown State scoring drought, building its biggest lead of the evening, 61-33, as the Penguins posted just six points over an eight-minute span. Sims was a key factor for U-M, stringing together seven consecutive tallies on two field goals and three free throws to give the Wolverines their 28-point advantage.
Though they had trouble offensively for the remainder of the game, the Wolverines were able to keep the Penguins at bay, putting up enough of an offensive charge to maintain a lead and seal the 65-56 victory.
After a day break with the Thanksgiving holiday, the Wolverines will get back to Crisler Arena for their seventh game of the season against Maryland-Baltimore County, Saturday (Nov. 25). Tipoff is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start with the game broadcast as part of ESPN-360 via the Internet.
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