Michigan Beats Central Michigan 72-65
It was a game to test the metal of the Michigan Wolverines and they passed garnering a W 72-65 win over a very good Central Michigan team
Central Michigan came out strong early going up 11-3 early and Head Coach Keno Davis liked the way his team played. “They are a very talented team” Said Davis. “They are very well coached and we knew we had our hands full with them so I was proud of our guys for hanging in there only being down a couple of shots”. Central Michigan had a lot of new players on the floor and it took some adjustments. “Coming into tonight we had about 6 or 7 players in a rotation and coming into tonight you worried they would have nerves and I was impressed by the way we handled it and if we keep doing that we can improve the rest of the season” Davis Said. Shawn Roundtree led the Chippewas with 21 points on the game and was 4 for 6 on the 3 point line. “We have a lot of confidence in him” Davis Said. “I think what you saw tonight is a glimpse of what he can be as a player. He’s brand new at this with his teammates and having him at the Point Guard position really helps his teammates get better and the best confidence you can give to a point guard” Davis Said. Central Michigan also got a good performance out of Luke Meyer who had 12 points on the game and was 5-10 from field goal range. Overall, Central Michigan was 22 for 51 from field goal range and 10-24 from three point range.
Michigan struggled early on. But showed signs for what they could be down the stretch. “I have to give credit to Central Michigan” said Head Coach John Beilein. “They are a very veteran team I like their style and they shot the ball very well if they don’t have injuries and breaks they can have a very good season” says Beilein. The Michigan coach was also impressed with Zavier Simpson’s play. “It was another good night for Zavier.” He is gradually getting better and feeling more comfortable and he is really key on defense and he is not making the silly fouls that he used to make and is still playing aggressively” Beilein continued. Simpson had 13 points on the night and was 2 for 3 at the 3 point line. Beilein was not surprised about what Central Michigan brought to the table. “We did not know Roundtree could shoot like that and he played a great game and his points made a big difference in this and I don’t get to see the MAC conference a lot but I think they can be a good team and their zones were tough for us to handle” According to Beilein: Michigan got off to a slow start in this game and but the coach saw a difference in how they warmed up today.He stated, “We were fired up to go out and play today. The assistant coaches did a great job getting them ready.”
Beilein was also impressed with the energy that Charles Matthews came out to play with. “He’s flying in to get rebounds and made a hell of a play on the fastbreak. He’s giving us energy and playing through his mistakes. His progress is great right now he’s such an elite athlete and does not get worn down as everybody else” Beilein said. Charles Matthews ended the day with 13 points and was 6-12 from field goal range. Moritz Wagner twisted his ankle during the game but did return to action. Wagner had 10 points and 11 rebounds on the game. Overall, Michigan was 43.1% from field goal range and 29.4% from 3 point range. They were also 83.3% from the free throw line. Muhammad Ali- Abdul Rachman led the way with 17 points and 3 rebounds.
Michigan’s Next game is on Thursday when they welcome Southern Miss to Crisler Arena