ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team earned a well rounded 70-43 victory over the Delaware State Hornets Saturday (Dec. 9) at Crisler Arena. Sinking five of their first six shots from three-point range, the Wolverines captured a double-digit lead midway through the first half and never looked back, turning inside to outscore the Hornets 22-to-8 in the paint during the second half.
Senior Dion Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford HS) recorded a team-high 16 points on 5-for-10 shooting, including 4-for-6 from three-point land. He added a pair of free throws, four assists and a steal in 32 minutes of action. Senior Brent Petway (McDonough, Ga./Griffin HS) produced the sixth double-double of his career with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He shot 4-for-5 from the field and 4-for-6 from the charity stripe. In addition to controlling the glass, Petway contributed three assists, a block and a steal. As a team, Michigan wiped the glass clean, outrebounding Delaware State 35-to-17.
Senior Courtney Sims (Boston, Mass./Noble & Greenough HS) tallied 12 points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting from the field, while going 4-for-5 from the foul line. He also pulled down six rebounds. Freshman Ekpe Udoh (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe HS) tore down a career-high eight rebounds in addition to scoring six points on 3-for-5 shooting, as well as recording three blocks and a steal.
Michigan's perimeter shooting was on fire in the early going, as the Wolverines took a 17-14 lead at 13:47 on a deep three-pointer by Harris. U-M's first five field goals came from beyond the arc, with Harris netting three triples and Abram and Coleman draining one apiece.
The Wolverines kept the pressure on the Hornets with terrific ball movement, as a Harris dish set up Udoh for a slam at 11:47, stretching the lead to 21-16. Precise passing keyed the ensuing 11-2 U-M run midway through the first half as seven points from Petway -- including an aerial put-back dunk -- and a two-point bucket assisted by Abram, gave U-M the 32-18 advantage.
Another Udoh hoop and three Michigan free throws gave the Maize and Blue a 37-26 halftime lead. The Wolverines outrebounded the Hornets 16-to-5 in the first stanza.
Harris finished the first half with a game high 13 points on 4-for-6 shooting, including 3-for-3 from behind the three-point line. He also connected on a pair of free throws and an assist.
The Wolverines opened the second half on 10-2 run, with six points coming from Sims. Michigan continued to look inside with baskets by Petway and junior Ron Coleman (Romulus, Mich./Romulus HS). Coleman finished the game with eight points on 3-for-5 shooting, including 2-for-4 from beyond the arc.
The U-M advantage ballooned to 67-38 on a basket by sophomore Jevohn Shepherd (Toronto, Ont./West Hills Collegiate HS) with 2:29 left in the half. His hoop capped off a 7-0 run by the Wolverines, which included a Harris triple and another Shepherd bucket.
The Maize and Blue completed the 70-43 victory with a three-point play by senior Lester Abram (Pontiac, Mich./Northern HS). The captain's defensive effort was one of the keys to the U-M victory.
With the closing of the semester upon the Wolverines, U-M will not hit the hardwood for seven days. The Maize and Blue return to face Northern Illinois Saturday (Dec. 16) at Crisler Arena. Tipoff against the Huskies is scheduled for 2 p.m. with the game broadcast on the ESPN-Plus package.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423