ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team exploded for an 84-49 victory over High Point Wednesday night (Nov. 26) in front of 9,470 fans at Crisler Arena. The Wolverines (2-0) jumped out to a 21-2 run in the first half and never looked back, as the Michigan defense held the Panthers to just 15 field goals the entire contest.
Horton tallied 18 points to lead a balanced offense that saw seven Wolverines score between six and 14 points.
The Wolverines stormed out of the gates and built a 23-6 lead over the first 10 minutes of the game. Senior Bernard Robinson Jr. (Washington, D.C./New Hampton Prep, N.H.) began the scoring outburst with a breakaway dunk off a steal in the opening minute. Freshman Courtney Sims (Roslindale, Mass./Noble & Greenough School) made it 4-0 with a two-handed layin on U-M's next possession and Horton followed with a basket in transition to push the lead to six points and force the Panthers to call a timeout. Michigan's defense caused six turnovers during the scoring run.
High Point came out of the timeout and scored its first points on a bucket from Javier Palacios. Those would be the Panthers' only points for nearly five minutes, as U-M went on a 15-0 run to increase its lead to 19 points, 21-2. Horton began the surge with an alley-oop pass from behind the arc to Petway, who slammed it down from the baseline. After a defensive stop, Horton buried a triple from the wing to put Michigan ahead 11-2.
Sophomore Lester Abram (Pontiac, Mich./Northern HS) kept the momentum in Michigan's favor on its next possession, converting on a three-point play after being fouled on a basket in the post. Harris pushed the lead to 16-2 with a putback off a Robinson miss for his first points of the game. High Point was forced to call another timeout after Harris got out on the break and dished the ball to Petway, who rose up and threw down a lefthanded jam to increase the lead to 18-2 with 12:56 left in the half.
Harris provided Michigan with a 19-point advantage, nailing a three-pointer after the timeout. Jerry Echenique broke the High Point scoring drought with a pair of free throws with 11:40 left until the break. Senior/junior J.C. Mathis (Brooklyn, N.Y./John F. Kennedy HS) came off the bench and provided a spark on the offensive end, scoring the next four points as Michigan sustained a 25-6 lead.
The Maize and Blue continued its dominance on offense for the final 10 minutes of the half, outscoring the Panthers 22-13. The run featured dunks from Petway and Sims and another trey from Horton. With under a minute remaining until halftime, sophomore Chris Hunter (Gary, Ind./West Side HS) hit his first career triple from the top of the arc to send Michigan to the locker room with a 47-19 lead.
Horton led Michigan with 10 first-half points and three assists, while Danny Gathings paced High Point with five points. The Panthers hit just seven of their 30 field goals in the first 20 minutes.
High Point trimmed the deficit to 47-22 with a triple on its first possession of the second half. Horton answered with four straight points and Hunter scored the next three to put U-M up 54-25. Harris converted his third triple on Michigan's next possession, but the Panthers responded with four unanswered points. After a turnaround jumper from Mathis, Petway came down on the next offensive series and put back a miss inside to push the lead to 30 points with under 12 minutes to play in the game.
Back-to-back triples from Abram and Horton allowed Michigan to keep the comfortable lead. High Point went cold on the offensive end, as U-M did not allow a Panther field goal for nine minutes. Hunter collected another bucket on a reverse putback on his own miss. Abram netted five of Michigan's next seven points to give the Wolverines a 25-point lead.
Petway continued his aerial assault on the High Point's defense, slamming home two points on a fast break before throwing home a miss on a triple from Harris. Head coach Tommy Amaker was able to give his starters a rest in the final minutes of the game, as U-M went away with a 35-point victory.
The Wolverines will hit the road for the first time this season when they travel to Indianapolis, Ind., to take on Butler Sunday (Nov. 30) at Conseco Fieldhouse, the site of the 2004 Big Ten Tournament. The game against the Bulldogs is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tipoff and will be aired on Fox Sports Detroit.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423