Site: Vicenza, Italy (PalaGoldoni)
Score: Michigan 116, Petrarca Padova 52
Next U-M Event: Friday, Aug. 22 -- vs. Mantova Stings (Poggio Rusco, Italy), 7 p.m. CEST/1 p.m. EDT
VICENZA, Italy -- Combing a 20-point, 11-rebound performance from redshirt freshman Mark Donnal (Monclova, Ohio/Anthony Wayne HS) and a team-best 22 points from sophomore Zak Irvin (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern HS), the University of Michigan men's basketball team posted a lopsided 116-52 victory today (Wednesday, Aug. 20) over Petrarca Padova at the PalaGoldni. U-M improves to 3-0 during its four-game exhibition tour in Italy.
After running into foul trouble in yesterday's (Aug. 19) win over the Vicenza All-Stars, Donnal responded in today's game going 8-for-10 from the field and 4-for-5 from the free throw line for his 20-point effort. Adding seven offensive boards and four defensive, he led U-M with 11 rebounds while collecting three assists, a steal and a block.
Irvin has led U-M in scoring in all three exhibition games following his 22-point night. After red-hot shooting during the tour's first two games, Irvin missed his first three shots in today's game before concentrating on driving to the basket. He finished 9-for-16 from the field, 2-for-6 from long range, while adding two rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Adding to the Wolverines' offensive explosion was freshman Aubrey Dawkins (Palo Alto, Calif./New Hampton Prep [N.H.]), who closed the game with 14 points and six rebounds, shooting 6-for-9 from the field with a 2-for-2 performance from long range. Junior Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central HS) added 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists also going 6-for-9 from long range with a 3-for-4 stat line from beyond the arc.
U-M trailed for the first time during the entire Italy trip as Petrarca Padova controlled the first five minutes of the game with its cutting baskets and long-range shooting. With the scored tied 13-13, the Wolverines adjusted and went on an 11-2 run and never looked back, closing the quarter leading 30-21. U-M outscored Petrarca, 33-15, in the second quarter to head into halftime with a 63-36 lead.
In the second half, Petrarca used a zone defense to try to limit the Wolverines, but it did not work as U-M outscored Petrarca, 53-16, in the final 20 minutes to runaway with a 64-point victory.
Michigan will have a day off before its final game and will travel for a day trip to Venice, Italy. The Wolverines close the tour against the Montrova Stings on Friday (Aug. 22) in Poggio Rusco, Italy, at the PalaPoggioRusco. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. CEST/1 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.
Austin Hatch played the final three minutes for the third straight day. He attempted one shot and recorded an assist.
Derrick Walton Jr. scored U-M's 100th point after a steal led to his solo breakaway and he scored on a layup.
Michigan is averaging 102.7 points per game during the Italy Tour.
Michigan is shooting 55.9 percent from the field.
Six Wolverines are averaging in double figures with Zak Irvin leading the way with 22.3 per game. Behind Irvin is Caris LeVert (14.0 ppg), Ricky Doyle (12.0 ppg), Kam Chatman (12.), Mark Donnal (10.7) and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (10.0 ppg).Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
On how the team may be exceeding expectations thus far ... "Our defense exceeded what I thought we could do today. We started slow, but as the game went on they were very good at their dribble-drive attack. We made it difficult for them to get the ball in the paint and then they had to rely on three-point shooting and we guarded that as well. The defense then became our offense."
On Mark Donnal's development since coming overseas ... "We continue to show Mark and Ricky (Doyle) film so that they can get better. I really don't care what each one does; I care what they do collectively. Tonight was 29 points and almost 20 rebounds between the two of them. It would be too much to think about getting 20 and 20 from them, but if we needed to get double-figures, that's a heck of a big man."
On the value of experienced guards like Spike Albrecht and Derrick Walton Jr. ... "I'm glad Spike was out there (with them), but to be honest I don't pay attention to what year the players are. I just try to get everyone equal minutes and have everybody learn a little bit of rhythm. In games like this, we just want to get video on it so we can teach players why things work and why things don't work. That's what's real for us. We practice against ourselves and while we get better doing that, when you practice against others and you don't know their schemes and you have to guard their themes, that's very helpful to our progress."
On the team's experience at the U.S. Military base today ... "These young men have seen some special things on this trip, and they all really enjoyed today. To be with the troops, feed them and sit with them and then go see some of their weapons and trucks, tanks and humvees; the team loved that. We were on our feet a lot today. It has been about six straight days spent on our feet and they responded, so I'm happy about their whole attitude. They're enjoying it and embracing the culture that we're exposing them to. At the same time, they're coming to play."
U-M Sophomore Zak Irvin
On his mindset for today's game ... "My teammates told me, if my shot wasn't falling, to get to the basket and that's one thing I didn't do a lot last year. It's one of the big things I wanted to work on for this year."
On the effectiveness of the zone offense ... "We thought we were going to see some zone (defense) when we came over here to Italy. We didn't see it in the first two games but we did see it tonight so it took us a little bit of time to get adjusted, but we made our adjustments and we were able to counter what they were doing and make it productive."
On general feelings about the first three games from a team perspective ... "We've had three great games. Each game we're getting better. You can see it when we watch film, defensively we're getting better. Our goal was to hold teams under 60 points and we were able to do that again tonight; then scoring 100 points is something special."
On the team's experience with the U.S. Military today ... "To be honest, it was breathtaking seeing all those men and women fighting for us even though they're overseas. You have to give them all the credit in the world and be grateful for everything we have."
U-M Redshirt Freshman Mark Donnal
On his double-double performance today ... "It was definitely a good game for me coming off of yesterday's game. Yesterday I was in foul trouble, so this got my confidence up a little bit and I was pretty happy with my performance. My teammates found me open and I got some easy buckets."
On the biggest difference in his game from yesterday to today ... "Just getting past the defense in offensive transition. Spike and Doc (Andrew Dakich) were able to find me."
On his impressions of the team's adjustments so far ... "Especially with a growing team like us, it's important for us to see both zone and get some different looks on defense and I thought we executed pretty well today."
U-M Freshman Aubrey Dawkins
On his success in today's contest ... "I think I have been getting a little more comfortable every game, and a little more of my natural game came out today. I played within the offense, so things came to me and I capitalized."
On the importance of rebounding in today's offense ... "People have told me in the past that crashing the boards and getting involved in the game helps you stay in the game and not be passive on the court and zone out. It keeps you focused on doing something to help the team. That's what really got me going."
On making so many adjustments, such as the shot clock difference and learning the new offense ... "I think it's coming along nicely; that showed up in the game today. It's becoming more fluid and natural."
On staying in the game mentally despite a lopsided score ... "You never want to get lazy on the court, because that's practicing bad habits. You want to keep playing the way you should play, no matter what the score is. Whether it's high or low, keep playing the same game so when there are close games there's no difference and you're always ready to go."
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