Site: Vicenza, Italy (PalaGoldoni)
Score: Michigan 93, Vicenza All-Stars 53
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Aug. 20 -- vs. Petrarca Padova (Vicenza, Italy), 8:30 p.m. CEST/2:30 p.m. EDT
VICENZA, Italy -- With a 15-point, 14-rebound effort from freshman Ricky Doyle (Cape Coral, Fla./Bishop Verot HS) and 18 points from sophomore Zak Irvin (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern HS), the University of Michigan men's basketball team defeated the Vicenza All-Stars, 93-53, today (Tuesday, Aug. 19) at the PalaGoldoni in the Wolverines' second of four exhibition games in Italy.
After not recording a rebound in the tour's first game, Doyle posted 14, with five on the offensive and nine defensive to help him to his first double-double as he added 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Irvin's shooting remained red hot as he led U-M with 18 points, going 7-for-8 from the field with a 4-for-5 performance from long range. Freshman Kameron Chatman (Portland, Ore./Columbia Christian HS) added 17 points of his own to go along with six rebounds.
Overall, the Wolverines had five double-figure scorers as junior Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central HS) had 14 points, five rebounds and two assists, while freshman Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (Allentown, Pa./Catholic Central HS) had 13 points, including a team-best 7-for-11 from the free throw line. He added four rebounds and three assists.
The Wolverines jumped out to an early lead, closing the first quarter doubling up Vicenza, 22-11. From there, U-M never relinquished its lead as the Maize and Blue posted its second straight 35-plus point exhibition victory.
Michigan will continue to stay in Verona, Italy, where the group will tour the U.S. Army Garrison before playing its third game back in Vicenza against Petrarca Padova on Wednesday (Aug. 20) at the PalaGoldoni. The game is slated for an 8:30 p.m. CEST/2:30 p.m. EDT tipoff.
N O T E S
Today's game was played under FIBA rules with a 24-second shot clock and four 10-minute quarters.
Michigan held Vicenza to just eight total points in the fourth quarter.
For the second straight day, Austin Hatch played the final three minutes. He recorded his first shot attempt.
In two exhibition games, Zak Irvin is shooting 81 percent from the field (17-for-21) and 90 percent from long range (9-for-10). He leads U-M with 22.5 points per game.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman has made 19 free throw attempts in two games.
Michigan is shooting 58.4 percent from the field over the first two games.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
On what he saw from his team today ... "It was just good to see them play together because we did make some steps in the last game, and we also discovered some things we have to work on a lot. There are so many opportunities for us to get better, including turnovers and missed foul shots. What I'm proud of is that fourth quarter; we held them to eight points."
On adjusting to the 24-second shot clock in Europe ... "We have a much better feel for how quickly we have to get the shot off and how quickly we have to read and react. With all the players out on that court for the first time, this is invaluable film for us moving forward."
On Ricky Doyle's elevated play on the glass and progress from Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman ... "There were two things that Ricky really did well: rebound in traffic and finish in traffic. Those are big things for us. He's only 6-9, but he plays even bigger than that on some occasions, and today was one of them. Muhammad has really gone out there and used his speed, where he has been able to get to the foul line again; that's two games in a row. Right now I think what we are valuing is his ability to see the floor when he's going his quickest."
On the crowd and atmosphere ... "It was really good to have a crowd like this in this nice arena. Michigan travels very well; the brand travels very well, and I think we saw how excited people were to see us over on this continent and in Italy in particular."
U-M Sophomore Zak Irvin
On how he feels through two games overseas ... "I'm really in a great rhythm right now. The ball has been falling in warmups, but I have to give credit to my teammates who keep finding me when I'm open. They're the ones helping me knock down these shots."
On how the team has progressed between games ... "I think watching film earlier today helped out a lot. We have a growing team, so we know we have freshmen that are still learning the game and the way we play. Also, the team we played against today played like they knew more about the game, being an older team. They were physical, but we came out with a win."
U-M Freshman Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman
On his reflections through two contests ... "It's been a great experience (so far). Not many people get the chance to play as a freshman before the season starts. It gives you a good chance to get in a rhythm with the team and work on good chemistry. I think I've played decent; the team is playing better so it doesn't really matter how I'm playing as long as the team is winning and I can contribute."
On picking up the system ... "It's kind of confusing at first, but as you pay attention and focus in practice, it's a little better and easier to pick up. Then once you get in a game, it's more fluent."
U-M Freshman Ricky Doyle
On the differences between games one and two from his perspective ... "Game one, we were shooting really well. Zak was 5-for-5 from the field. In this game, we weren't making as many shots, but I transitioned from the first game to the second game. I watched a lot of film and watched what I could do to get those 50/50 rebounds that I should have gotten. Coach BA (Bacari Alexander) really helped me take an easier approach to getting those rebounds, giving me simple steps, and it worked. Being more aggressive and timing my jumps are some of the things I paid attention to and tried to bring it back out on the court."
On how the team has adjusted to the system thus far ... "The plays are running more smoothly; I know I have a hard time remembering some of the plays, coming in fresh, but having these games, you have to play through your mistakes. It's only a 24-second shot clock, and you only have so much time to play; it's really helped me remember the offense more, and it's really opening my game, helping me see the court more."
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