PARADISE ISLAND, The Bahamas -- In its first match-up in the Battle 4 Atlantis, poor shooting and a sluggish first half doomed the Wolverines despite a late-game surge in the second half. However, it was not enough to overcome UCONN as the Wolverines lose back-to-back games 74-60.
The only bright spot to take away from the game was U-M guard Caris LeVert once again carrying the Wolverine team. Finishing the game with 21 points, LeVert was one of two U-M players to finish scoring in double-digits. In the first half, U-M jumped out a quick 12-7 lead until LeVert committed his second foul of the half with eight minutes left and to sit for the remainder.
From there, things fell apart for the Wolverines.
Led by Daniel Hamilton's 16 points and poor shooting by the Wolverines, the Huskies were able to get the jump on U-M early and never look back. U-M finished the first half shooting around 24 percent with UCONN seemingly unable to miss.
Three-point shooting was a sore spot for the Wolverines throughout the night finishing with a 27 percent mark from beyond the arc. Players like Duncan Robinson and Zak Irvin were a 1-12 combined from three-point territory. The field goal percentage was not any better, the Wolverines finished the game shooting 32-percent.
LeVert carried the Wolverines throughout the second half, finishing with 21 points, five rebounds and made 7-12 field goals. Irvin made only one field goal out of ten shots and finished the night with two points.
Losing by as many as 19 in the game, U-M managed to narrow UCONN's lead down to 11 and had a chance to get it within single-digits but the Wolverines could not hold on and the Huskies cruised to an easy victory.
The Wolverines will play Thursday night against Charlotte at 9:30 p.m. Coverage will be on AXSTV.