Michigan found itself reeling after a late collapse against Virginia Tech on Wednesday.
With a difficult non-conference schedule upcoming this week, Kennesaw State could been seen as a bounce back game for the Wolverines to get things back on track. While it appeared difficult at first, the Wolverines did exactly that by taking care of business against the Owls 82-55 on Saturday.
Entering the second half with an 18 point lead, the Wolverines continued to cruise in the second, keeping its foot down on the pedal and running away with an easy victory at the end of the day. Leading by as many as 35 points in the second, U-M forced Kennesaw State to continually turn the ball over, 13 times in total, which allowed the Wolverines to score 20 points off turnovers and also allowed U-M to break the game wide open.
The Wolverines also had solid contributions from the likes of D.J. Wilson and Moe Wagner. Wilson finished the game with a double-double, contributing 15 points and 11 rebounds. Wagner, who finished with a much better game compared to his performance against Virginia Tech, added a team high 20 points and three rebounds.
Senior forward Zak Irvin also finished the game with 19 points and four rebounds.
After a solid start to the game, the Wolverines kept the first half interesting in the early moments by allowing the Owls to come back into the game. Having a lead as large as eight in the early in the game, Kennesaw State came back with a 10-2 run, aided by cold shooting by the Wolverines, to take a 15-14 lead with under 12 minutes to go in the half.
The Wolverines responded with a run of its own but the Owls continued to chip away and refusing to go away. Aided by the Owls' leading scorer Kendrick Ray, who had the hot hand during the first half, at times it appeared he almost single handedly kept his team in contention in the first half. Scoring 15 points with 6-9 shooting and also adding three three-pointers.
Ray finished the game with 24 points.
Despite the Owls shooting 60 percent from the floor in the first, the Wolverines found the shooting touch and pulled away late to have a 47-29 lead at the end of the first. The Wolverines shot 46 percent from the floor in the first half and finished the game shooting 45 percent.
The Wolverines return to the Crisler Center on Tuesday, Dec. 6 to take on Texas. Tip off is schedule for 9 p.m.