It wasn’t pretty, but the Michigan Wolverines were able to hold off the Detroit Titans by a score of 71-62 and avoid an early season upset Thursday night in Ann Arbor.
Wolverines guard Caris LeVert bounced back from a poor shooting performance in the Wolverines’ last game against Bucknell and burry seven shots, including a three-pointer, for 21 points, which led all Wolverines in scoring. It seems LeVert isn’t always on the same page as the rest of his team, and he has a tendency to try to create a little too much on his own, but he seemed to settle into his role tonight against the Titans as he came just one rebound away from a double-double.
Michigan was fueled by Max Biefeldt against Bucknell, but tonight it was Spike Albrecht who sparked the Wolverines in the second half, coming off the bench to dish out four assists and hit a late three-pointer to help put the game out of reach. Albrecht’s passing ability continues to impress; the offense flows so smoothly when it works through him.
Detroit began this game by taking advantage of poor shooting from the Wolverines and were able to stick around for the entire first half. The momentum was carried into the locker room at halftime when Anton Wilson got two of his five points by pulling down an offensive rebound and sticking it back in as time ran out.
Michigan found a few of its own key sequences late in the first half, however, when Zak Irivn drilled two three-pointers from the same corner with under two minutes to play. He would add 10 more points in the second half to finish with 18.
Playing one of the most well rounded games of the night was Derrick Walton Jr., who grabbed six rebounds to go with three assists and 16 points.
Detroit Team Leaders…
Points: Juwan Howard Jr. — 24
Assists: Brandon Kearney — 5
Rebounds: Juwan Howard Jr. — 8
Michigan Team Leaders…
Points: Caris LeVert — 21
Assists: Spike Albrecht — 4
Rebounds: Caris LeVert — 9