Michigan kicked off the 2009-10 season by stomping Northern Michigan 97-50. Manny Harris led the charge, recording the second triple-double in school history with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. What is even more impressive is the efficiency Harris used in picking up the historic triple-double. He did it on 6 of 10 shooting and only turned the ball over twice. After the game, John Beilein commented on how far Harris has come as a player, “The game has just slowed down so much [for him], for an 18 year old, a true 18 year old, he had great skill but you know had 100 and something turnovers. He didn’t have the shooters around him that he does now. He trusts those shooters and he relishes the assists as much as he does the points.”
DeShawn Sims was also outstanding as he used an array of moves and shots on his way to 22 points, 10 rebounds, and his 7th career double-double.
True freshman sniper, Matt Vogrich provided some instant offense when he checked in and promptly the drilled the first 3 three-point attempts of his career. Vogrich has a quick release and abides to John Beilein’s rule, “If you are open shoot it”. Vogrich finished the game a perfect 5 for 5, all on three-pointers.
Another true freshman, Darius Morris started at point guard and looked very comfortable running the show. He tallied 11 points on 5 of 7 shooting and dished out 5 assists. Coach Beilein was pleased with the effort from Morris, “He gives you great effort on defense all the time. I just like what he brings to us with his effort and enthusiasm, his attitude is very good.”
The Wolverines pounced on the Wildcats early and took a 51-25 lead into halftime. They never looked back as they coasted to an easy season opening win. Coach Beilein was able to play every player on the team and had 11 players register points. The Wolverines are proving to be a very unselfish team as they recorded 24 assists on 35 field goals, good for a 69% ratio.
Michigan seems to be settling in with a 9 man rotation. The 5 starters; Morris, Laval Lucas-Perry, Zack Novak, Manny Harris, and DeShawn Sims. The first two players off the bench are Stu Douglass and Zack Gibson. Matt Vogrich and Anthony Wright round out what looks to be a solid 9-man rotation.
The last Michigan player to have a triple-double was Gary Grant (24 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) on March 14, 1987, against North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Darius Morris on playing in his first game: [Click here for the audio] “I feel really honored and blessed just to get the opportunity to play, that was really exciting you know first Division 1 game its what I’ve been working hard for all my life, just now I’m at the next level. I just felt really cool out there just to see the fans, you know the maize rage is really exciting. Once the ball’s tipped up that [nerves] goes out the window. Coach Beilein said, its good to have jitters before the game he said this is like his 900th game and he still gets the jitters. Once that ball gets tipped up you believe in the offense you believe in your hard work.”
Zack Novak on Matt Vogrich shooting 5-5 on three-pointers: [Click here for the audio] “That’s huge to come out in his first game to hit like that, that’s something. He can shoot it, he is going to be a real good player for us.”
John Beilein on the lopsided score: [Click here for the audio] “I didn’t really expect that. I’m happy that we had that type of performance, to put up that many points and hold them to 50 points is a great thing.”