Aug. 26, 2010
Audio Quotes: Head Coach John Beilein | Freshman Guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. | Sophomore Guard Matt Vogrich
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Site: Tournai, Belgium
Score: Michigan 80, Mons 74 (ex.)
European Tour Record: Michigan (1-3)
TOURNAI, Belgium -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team closed its four-game exhibition tour in Belgium with an 80-74 win over Mons today (Thursday, Aug. 26) before a sellout and raucous crowd at the Tournai Gymnasium.
Michigan, which closed the game shooting 55.2 percent from the field (32-for-58), was led by sophomore Matt Vogrich's (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) 22 points, seven rebounds and two steals; he shot 8-for-11 from the field. Freshman Tim Hardaway, Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) added 14 points, going 6-for-12 from the field, including a game-sealing dunk with 34.3 seconds remaining. Hardaway added five rebounds and three assists.
The Wolverines struck quickly and often as they built a 25-11 lead after the first quarter thanks to 66.7-percent (10-for-15) shooting from the floor. Vogrich and junior Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) led the way with six and five points, respectively.
In the second quarter, Vogrich continued his first-half tear, closing with 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting. U-M's mixture of defenses held off Mons' attempted runs and the half ended with the Maize and Blue up, 50-31.
After halftime, Mons went on a 9-0 run to cut into the Wolverine lead. After a timeout, Vogrich continued to stay hot from the field as he ended the drought with the third of his four three-pointers on the night. The back-and-forth quarter ended with a 64-55 Michigan advantage.
Mons continued its pressure in the final period, capitalizing on several empty possessions by the Wolverines to reach within four points with less than a minute to go. The Wolverines went back up six, 78-72, after a backdoor bounce pass from redshirt-freshman Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) to Hardaway Jr., who finished with an emphatic one-handed dunk, bringing the crowd to its feet.
With Mons racing down the court and scoring, Novak was immediately fouled on the inbounds and he sealed the victory with a pair of free throws.
The Wolverines close their European Tour through Belgium with a 1-3 record.
N O T E S
Michigan used the same starting five for all four games of the European Tour: Darius Morris, Stu Douglass and Matt Vogrich on the perimeter, and Zack Novak and Blake McLimans in the frontcourt.
Mons was the former team of U-M's administrative specialist Travis Conlan.
Mons' team had six players with Division I college experience. The list includes: Justin Cage (Xavier), Ronnell Taylor (UAB), Ron Lewis (Ohio State), Marcus Hatten (St. John's), Ben McCauley (N.C. State) and Shan Foster (Vanderbilt).
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423