Michigan coach John Beilein says his Wolverines must have more grit defenisvely following surprising home loss to Virginia Tech.

Michigan coach John Beilein says his Wolverines must have more grit defenisvely following surprising home loss to Virginia Tech.

Racing out to a 15-point lead Wednesday, it appeared Michigan was well on it's way to another nice non-conference win this early season.

Virginia Tech had other ideas.

The Hokies pieced together a terrific second half effort, outscoring the Wolverines by 12-points to steal a 73-70 win at Crisler Center.

"Today we will spend 20 minutes looking at all of the good things that happened in that game," Michigan coach John Beilein said Friday afternoon. "I think we did some really good things offensively and defensively at times.

"That team is scoring 80-points a game and all of the sudden with four minutes to go they're on like a 50-point game. And then the last four minutes of each half were as bad of defense as we've played maybe ever here."

So what's the fix? Instead of looking at things from a technical or strategy standpoint, Beilein believes the key moving forward lies within his players.

"I think there has to be more grit, more determination, more I know we're losing the lead, I've got to get this stop," Beilein said.

"It's a thing. We've just got to emphasize, I don't know how we're going to do it but we've got to find this step."

Michigan will look to bounce back and learn from the disappointing home loss as Kennesaw State heads to Ann Arbor for a Saturday matinee.

Moving forward, Beilein is hoping for a better response when adversity inevitably hits his Wolverines.

"We have to have more grit and they realize that when things are going the other way," he said. "We've been pretty good at that in the SMU game or the Marquette game where we're way up.

"We haven't had many situations where we lost the lead, now we lost the lead. And we just had to respond better."


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