Michigan overcame a sluggish start and defeated Houston Baptist 77-55 to improve to 2-0 on the season. At the 18:02 mark of the first half the Huskies took a 4-2 lead and they clung to that lead for the next 11 minutes and 23 seconds. Matt Vogrich described Michigan’s start as a “slow spurt” and attributed it to the team not shooting well. The slow spurt included Manny Harris missing 3 free throws, which was shocking because he is usually money from the line. 8 minutes into the game Michigan was 3 of 16 from the field and 1 of 8 on three-pointers.
Houston Baptist held Michigan off for so long thanks to some scrappy, hard-nosed play. Mario Flaherty led the charge for the Huskies scoring 17 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. John Beilein praised Flaherty after the game saying, He played hard, he really got after it.”
However, John Beilein’s offense when executed properly well eventually work. Kind of like Herman Boone in Remember the Titans saying his split veer offense is just like Novocain, give it time it always works. The same theory holds true for Beilein’s offense. Michigan went on a frenzied 19-9 run to close the first half. Included in that 5 minute run was a three-point barrage from DeShawn Sims. He drained 4 of 4 three-pointers to key the surge. Manny Harris capped the run by stealing an inbounds pass and draining a short jumper as time expired. Michigan took a 41-29 lead into halftime and never looked back.
Early in the second half, Michigan went on a 24-8 run to ice the game. The hustling Zack Novak (8 points and 7 rebounds) knocked down 2 three-balls during that run. As the clock wound down on the game the Maize Rage started a stirring “Beat Ohio State” chant to send everybody home with visions of an upset dancing in their heads.
Manny Harris led all scorers with 25 points. He also chipped in a team high 8 rebounds and 2 steals. Stu Douglass dished out 7 dimes to his teammates and did a good job running the team when he was in the game. Zack Gibson tallied 8 points and 6 rebounds in 14 minutes. After the game John Beilein mentioned that he wants to get Gibson more minutes.
This game produced one of the most unusual stats I have seen as Michigan scored 77 points on 71 field goal attempts. Coach Beilein said it best when he said, “Those aren’t good stats. On the flip side Michigan only turned the ball over 7 times and Houston Baptist had 24 turnovers. The Wolverines converted those 24 Huskie miscues into 22 points.
Michigan knows they will have to play better when they head down to Disney next week. Darius Morris said, “If we’re going to go down to Florida and compete, we are going to have to play a lot better.” Coach Beilein said this game will provide some valuable lessons for the team. Beilein didn’t seem overly concerned with the early struggles in the game he simply said they would get better.
I’m pleased to introduce a new stat that I will be tracking this season. The goal of this stat will be to track hustle plays that the stat sheet doesn’t record. I am talking about diving on the floor, saving balls from going out of bounds, taking charges, tipping passes and forcing turnovers. The Maize and Glue ratio will be simple to calculate. Each time a player does one of those things mentioned above they get a +1. I’m sure I’ll miss some plays but I will do my best to keep The Maize and Glue ratio accurate.
The Maize and Glue ratio results from the Houston Baptist game are as follows:
Stu Douglass +4
Zack Novak +4
Anthony Wright +3
Matt Vogrich +2
Laval Lucas-Perry +2
Manny Harris +2
Zack Gibson +1
The road to 24 wins: Michigan is 2-0 and on track.
Notes: DeShawn Sims became the 38th member of Michigan’s 500 rebound club.