Wolverines Roll Past Delaware State

In a contest that the Wolverines blew open in the early part of the second half, the Michigan basketball team improved to 10-1 on the season with an outstanding 70-43 win over the Delaware State Hornets on Saturday afternoon at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. Michigan was led by Dion Harris' 16 points along with 12 each from Courtney Sims and Brent Petway.

For the third game in a row, the Wolverines never trailed. The Michigan Wolverines basketball team improved to 10-1 in non-conference play this season with a 70-43 win over Delaware State on Saturday afternoon at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. Michigan was led by Dion Harris' 16 points, six of them coming on a pair of early triples, and a dozen points each from big's Courtney Sims and Brent Petway.

Dion Harris opened the scoring for the Wolverines. A pair of trip triples sandwiched around a pair of Courtney Sims free throws put the Wolverines up 8-2 just two minutes into the game.

Darrin Shine and Roy Bright answered with a pair of buckets for the Hornets, and the visiting team had clipped the lead down to two points with 17:06 to go in the first half. With the lead down to two points the clubs exchanged baskets. Lester Abram and Ron Coleman connected on their first field goals of the game; both from behind the three-point arc, and the Hornets hit a triple of their own and picked up a second field goal from Darrin Shine.

After the first media time out, Roy Bright connected on another DSU three ball to knot the score 14-14, but from that point on it was all Michigan.

Dion Harris scored the next five Michigan points, and Ekpe Udoh got himself on the box score with a basket to give Michigan a 21-16 lead near the middle point of the half.

Michigan continued on with a 16-10 run to end the half, with six of Brent Petway's 12 points coming in the closing minutes of the first half. Michigan led 37-26 at the break.

In the second half the Wolverines established their inside game. Courtney Sims scored the first four points of the second half and Brent Petway followed them up with a dunk to extend the Michigan lead to near 20 points. Delaware State continued to struggle both inside and out and didn't score their first basket of the half until 5:10 into the frame.

Bright tried to keep the Hornets in it, but Sims, Udoh and Ron Coleman added three more baskets from inside the paint and Michigan established a 21 point lead near the 10 minute mark.

The teams would then exchange baskets until the Wolverines went on a 7-0 run with five minutes left to blow the game open.

Delaware State managed just 10 points in the first 13 minutes of the second half and just 17 total points over the final 20 minutes.

Michigan next returns to the hardwood next Saturday for a home tilt with the Northern Illinois Huskies scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at Crisler Arena.

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