Amaker Now 2-0
With tonight's 88-59 win over Fairfield University, head coach Tommy Amaker became the first coach to win his first two games as a Wolverine since Bill Frieder started his coaching career at Michigan by winning his first nine games in the 1980-81 season.
In Michigan's two games this season, the Wolverines have not played from behind. The Maize and Blue jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead tonight against Fairfield and never relinquished their lead. Last Friday (Nov. 16) Michigan hit a three-pointer to start the game and never trailed against Oakland.
In the Deep End
The Michigan bench showcased its depth against Fairfield, scoring 44 of the Wolverines' 88 points. Freshman Dommanic Ingerson (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS) scored 23 points to lead the reserves and Chuck Bailey (Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther King HS) chipped in nine points.
The Mighty D
Michigan's tenacious defensive front forced the Stags into 21 turnovers, eight of which came off steals. The Wolverines translated their stops into offensive momentum, converting the turnovers into 21 points.
Freshman Dommanic Ingerson played a career-best 21 minutes, scoring a team season-high 23 points, 18 of them coming in the second half. Ingerson finished the game shooting 7-of-12 from the floor and an impressive 6-of-8 from three-point land.
In his first start of the season, Bernard Robinson Jr. (Washington, D.C./New Hampton Prep [N.H.]) tallied six of Michigan's first eight points against the Stags -- a layup to open scoring, a pair of free throws and a putback. Robinson amassed 29 minutes off the bench in the Wolverines' season opener against Oakland.
Michigan had four double-digit scorers for the second consecutive game to begin the season. Juniors LaVell Blanchard (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) and Gavin Groninger (Plainfield, Ind./Plainfield HS) have each scored more than 10 points in each game this season, as has sophomore Bernard Robinson Jr.
Cleaning Up After Yourself
The Wolverines finished with 16 points scored immediately after an offensive rebound. Michigan converted eight of its 10 second-chance opportunities.
Gibson Makes Debut
Senior forward Herb Gibson (Taylor, Mich./Truman HS) made his season debut tonight in Michigan's 88-59 win. In playing a career-high seven minutes, Gibson scored two points and had one rebound while recording career highs in steals (one) and assists (two).
Senior tri-captain Rotolu Adebiyi (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron HS) notched the lone assist of his career against the Stags in tonight's game. In 10 minutes, Adebiyi also shattered his career high for rebounds in a game with four boards. His previous high was one, recorded three times, most recently against Illinois (1/13/01).
The Wolverines shot 57.9 percent from behind the arc on 11-of-19 shooting. Junior guard Gavin Groninger (4-of-5) and freshman Dommanic Ingerson (6-of-8) led the way, shooting a combined 10-of-13 from long distance.
Sharing in the Groove
In Michigan's victory over Fairfield, the Wolverines' offensive rhythm found nine out of the 12 players who played. Dommanic Ingerson and Gavin Groninger led the way with 23 and 15 points, respectively. One player who did not score, Mike Gotfredson (Grosse Pointe, Mich./South HS), tallied four helpers to keep his teammates in step.