The Michigan Wolverine basketball team returned from its holiday hiatus with a convincing victory over Delaware State Wednesday night. Dion Harris got off to good start with a three and Courtney Sims followed that up with a baseline move to beat a double team to give the Maize and Blue an early 5-4 lead.
Ronald Coleman, who was again in the starting lineup, missed his first couple of shots but then hit back to back threes couple of 3's to put Michigan up 12-4. Delaware State answered Coleman’s brief barrage with a consecutive threes from Jahsha Bluntt to chop the lead back down to two at the 12:26 mark.
Harris ended the brief run by the opposition with a three of his own. The Wolverines then extended their lead when out of a timeout, John Andrews dropped a dime on dribble penetration to Hunter for a dunk to put the home team up 19-13.
Michigan’s early success on the offensive end was in danger of being halted when Harris committed his second first half foul (both on charges) at the 8:00 mark. Coach Tommy Amaker decided to sit his floor leader for the remainder of the half. While many thought that spelled doom, the Wolverines surprised onlookers by actually expanding their lead. Ashtyn Bell (who played 18 minutes on the game) entered for Harris and filled in admirably, allowing Michigan to take a 34-25 lead into the locker room at half-time.
Ron Coleman and Hunter led the scoring at the half for UM with 11 and 8 points respectively while Bluntt and Aaron Williams led Delaware State with a combined 22 points.
Coming out of the break, Harris again started things off for the home team with a bucket. Hunter added a couple of free throws but UM couldn't shake Delaware State. The visitors made it clear they weren’t going anywhere soon when Terrance Hunter broke away after a made UM basket for an "and one" dunk on Brent Petway at the 15:22 mark.
Michigan then re-asserted itself with its big men. Over a seven minute stint starting at the 13:22 mark Courtney Sims and Chris Hunter combined for 17 straight Wolverine points. Hunter, who scored five points on the run, did an excellent job of feeding Sims from the high post and finished with 6 assists. When all was said and done the Maize and Blue had seized a 56-41 lead and in turn, control of the game. UM went on to cruise to a 66-48 win.
On the night Michigan was led by Courtney Sims with 19 points and 5 rebounds, while Delaware State was led by Jasha Bluntt with 17 points and three rebounds. For more on the game, click the following links (Boxscore, Notes, Quotes).
Michigan next hits the hardwood Friday afternoon against UNC Asheville.
Flint Powers' Tom Herzog and Grand Blanc’s K’len Morris were both in attendance and will go head to head Jan 14 at Grand Blanc high school.