Michigan basketball team shows rust in 47-39 exhibition victory against Wayne State
Angela J. Cesere | AnnArbor.com
Zack Novak missed a wide-open 3-pointer in front of the bench as the final seconds ticked down on the Michigan basketball team's exhibition game.
It was a fitting end to a cold shooting night for the No. 18-ranked Wolverines, who were 19-of-51 (37.3 percent) from the field, turned the ball over 14 times, yet walked away 47-39 winners over visiting Wayne State."We looked a little rusty, the first time with a crowd and a new arena and things like that," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "Fourteen turnovers and go four-for-12 from the foul line? That's probably the only game all year we'll win with those two stats."
Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Wolverines with 20 points, including 14 in the second half, but he said there's much work to be done before Michigan opens its season Nov. 11 with a home game against Ferris State.
"Because that was the first game everyone was just real excited," Hardaway said. "I mean we're still a young team, don't get me wrong. Everybody out here's still young, and it just takes time."
Beilein wasn't pleased with the offensive performance but credited Wayne State's defense with causing much of their woes.
"They are small, but they are quick, that’s as quick a team as we’ll play, but we have to still make shots against that quickness," Beilein said.
To counter the quickness, freshman guard Trey Burke saw significant minutes.
Though Burke seemed overwhelmed by the spotlight early on, picking up a charge in his first trip down the court, he seemed to find a rhythm in the second half.
Burke finished with seven points and four assists in 28 minutes of action.
"I didn't land on two (feet)," Burke said. "I kind of got rhythm for it after a while, The first half I was kind of anxious. ... The second half came, and I was more composed."
With the game tied 6-6, Novak hit Michigan's first 3-pointer to give the Wolverines a lead they would never relinquish at 11:59 of the first half.
After a pair of 3-pointers from Wayne State guard Cole Prophet in the final three minutes of the half Michigan led, 25-14.
Wayne State started second half with 5-0 run before Michigan got on the board at 16:49.
A Burke-to-Hardaway alley-oop on a two-on-one breakaway extended Michigan's lead to double digits at 14:34 and got the crowd on its feet.
"That just comes from getting the ball and just running," Hardaway said. "Trey, he's been doing that in practice, and he just ended up finding me."
Wayne State responded with a 6-0 run and trailed 29-25 with 12:20 remaining.
With Michigan up 31-27, Prophet had a chance to shrink the deficit to one point on a wide-open 3-pointer. His shot clanked off the front iron, and Michigan responded with a 14-4 run to go up 45-31 with 5:47 remaining, its largest lead of the game.
Hardaway scored eight during the run.
"It just worked out," Hardaway said of his open looks during the run. "Just playing within the offense and using my teammates to get wide-open looks."
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