GUELPH, Ontario -- With freshman Dion Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford HS) scoring 20 points, senior Bernard Robinson Jr. (Washington, D.C./New Hampton Prep, N.H.) hitting for 18 and sophomore Lester Abram (Pontiac, Mich./Northern HS) dropping in 16, the University of Michigan men's basketball team won its second Canadian exhibition game, 88-52 over the University of Guelph Sunday (Oct. 12) at the sold-out W.F. Mitchell Center.
Harris scored eight points early to aid U-M's 19-2 start.
Harris led all scorers with 20 points after going 8-for-10 from the field, including 4-of-5 from beyond the three-point line. He also had four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 34 minutes of action. Robinson went a perfect 6-for-6 from the field with three crowd-thrilling dunks and led the team with six assists and four steals in 21 minutes, while Abram went 6-for-12 from the field, as well as corralling in four rebounds and dishing two assists in 25 minutes of action.
Sophomore Daniel Horton (Cedar Hill, Texas, Cedar Hill HS) also had a solid game, scoring seven points to go along with his five rebounds, three assists and three steals in 21 minutes, and senior/junior J.C. Mathis (Brooklyn, N.Y./John F. Kennedy HS) had nine points, four rebounds, a block and a steal in 16 minutes.
The first half started off with a Maize and Blue flash as the Wolverines quickly built a 19-2 lead in the first five minutes of the game. Harris' eight points in the first three minutes helped U-M get off to the fast start. Michigan continued to build on its lead as it grew to 30-5, as the Maize and Blue pressure defense was too much for the Gryphon attack. With back-to-back triples from Harris, the lead was extended to 30, 41-11, with nine minutes remaining in the first half. But Guelph got into a late first-half rhythm and Michigan had some offensive miscues, as the Gryphons outscored the Wolverines 19-17 in the final eight minutes to end the half with Michigan leading 58-30.
In the second half, Guelph went inside and cut into the Michigan lead, bringing it to just 22 points, 62-40, with 14:20 remaining. But the Wolverine offense and continued defensive pressure was again too much as the Maize and Blue maintained a comfortable a 25-point plus cushion the rest of the way. U-M coach Tommy Amaker was able to shuffle in all 14 players for the second straight contest, and Michigan finished the game with 15-5 run to win 88-52.
The Wolverines will play their final Canadian exhibition Monday (Oct. 13), facing G.T. Express for a second time at Humber College in Toronto. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Q U O T E S
U-M Head Coach Tommy Amaker
On the second game against Guelph ... "We knew this was going to be a challenge for us because we knew this was going to be a different type of situation than we encountered last night. The atmosphere playing at a university site with all their fans and supporters was going to be a lot different from our previous game. I am very pleased with our guys. I thought we played very hard against a team that plays hard from tap to the buzzer."
On the game ... "I thought it was very competitive, but we anticipated it being that way. Guelph fought hard last night against Iona and we knew they play hard and can shoot the ball. So we knew that was going to be the case today, but, again, I was impressed with how we played at the beginning stages. I thought our defensive pressure was very effective. We rushed them a little more than they were used to. We took care of the ball well and did not turn it over. I am very pleased with that. It means we were able to take care of the ball and be unselfish. As a coach when you see those two things, you cannot help but be happy."
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