ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Perhaps the final piece of the puzzle to be set in the non-conference schedule for Michigan was getting Zak Irvin caught back in the stat sheet.
After the Wolverines stressed getting guys into rhythm Tuesday, Irvin certainly made his mark during U-M's 96-60 victory over Bryant Wednesday night. After struggling to find his shot, Irvin saw his persistence pay off in a big way in the first half. Making two threes on the way to a season-high 16 point.
It was certainly worth the wait for Irvin.
"That was a great feeling I'll be honest with you guys," Irvin said after the game. "Especially the first three, it's been a long process for me but I'm just trying to stay confident out there. It's always a huge relief and a great feeling to see the first one go in."
Irvin was hampered during the offseason due to back surgery. Call it a shooting slump or call it shaking off the rust, Irvin knows the process towards normalcy will get some time. Especially when it comes to his shot.
However, he does realize that there are other ways he can contribute if he isn't able to score some nights.
"I haven't done that in a while," Irvin said. "I just felt like getting back to myself, like I said, I know it's a process but it felt good to start getting that rhythm back game-after-game. When my shot isn't falling, I've been able learn I've been able to learn that getting an assist, get a rebound and play better defensively will get me back into the flow of the game."
For a team that needs scorers outside of guard Caris LeVert, it wasn't hard for Irvin to feel the pressure to start shooting the basketball and scoring some points. For now, Irvin knows he has to do one thing heading into the Big Ten season.
"I've been feeling that pressure a little but I've been trying not to think about it," Irvin said. "I just try to stay confident, I know my coaching staff and teammates believes in me and I just think every shot that I take is going to go in."