ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Viewed as the “mainland” game before heading to the Battle 4 Atlantis later this month, Michigan cruised to an easy 88-68 victory against Elon Monday night at Crisler Center, as Derrick Walton Jr. led the Wolverines with a game-high 24-points.
“We want him to shoot it,” U-M coch John Beilein said of Walton afterwards. “He’s got the swag that ‘I’m a really good shooter.'
"But when you hesitate, you lose all that."
Against Elon, Walton didn't hestate. In fact, he made 6-of-7 from three-point range, to go along with his seven assists and team-high six rebounds.
“The fine line before running a play and being a player is the thing we are working on, and he’s got to have the confidence to do it,” Beilein said of Walton. “This was a big game for him to be able to do that today.”
U-M (2-0) made easy work of Elon, and controlled the game throughout, with Duncan Robinson (21-points, 5-of-5 from 3s) and Caris LeVert (11-points) also scoring in double figures.
Michigan finished 13-of-24 from 3-point range, while adding 20 assists on their 31 made shots (51.7%).
“Good thing we could make so many three-point shots and get away from them,” said Beilein.
Adding: “We had issues early in practice with the ball sticking at different spots,” Beilein said on U-M’s ball movement. “And one guy would take that extra minute. Its really important that we look for each other, there was not much sticking today. Just kept the ball moving and found the open man.
U-M outrebounded Elon 32-27 and led 43-33 at the half.
Michigan, of course, will play UConn on Nov. 25 at Paradise Island, Bahamas, for its next game of the tournament located in the Caribbean.
Danian Swoope led Elon (1-1) with 15 points.
Michigan next plays host to Xavier on Friday at 9 pm.