Wolverines Run Bulldogs Out Of Crisler

The John Beilein era at Michigan started with the Wolverines season-opening exhibition contest against the Ferris State Bulldogs on Thursday night at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. Behind 15 points from freshman guard Manny Harris, the Wolverines rolled past FSU with a 38-point win.

ANN ARBOR -- Coming into the 2007-08 Michigan basketball season, highly-touted freshman guard Manny Harris was expected to be one of the top offensive threats for the Maize and Blue. In his Michigan debut against Ferris State earlier tonight, the 6-foot-5, 170-pounder led all scores with 15 points for the Wolverines in a season-opening 78-40 exhibition contest win.

"I was very happy to get started. It was great to see all the fans coming out tonight. They were really loud when we needed them to be," Michigan coach John Beilein said after his first win at the Wolverines Crisler Arena.

"There was really very little to expect from tonight since it was an exhibition game, but everything is a process. The players learned a lot today. The coaching staff learned a lot. I was happy to see everyone playing with each other."

Michigan opened the scoring with a 5-0 run just minutes in. DeShawn Sims, who finished with 14 points, just one shy of Harris' game high, hit the first three-pointer of his career, and the first of 10 Michigan triples, to put Michigan on top 3-0 in a game the Wolverines never trailed.

Ferris State trimmed the lead to 5-2 with their first bucket of the contest shortly after, but a 10-0 run, fueled by six points from Ron Coleman, the Wolverines lone senior, put the game out of reach before the first media timeout.

"I just told the team before the game that we have to come out and start the game right. That will set the tone for the whole game and make the guys on the bench get into the game as well," Coleman said.

Coleman finished with 11 points on 3-for-4 shooting from the field, all of which came from behind the three-point arc.

Aaron Hincka ended the Wolvrines run and the Bulldogs traded baskets with the Maize and Blue for the next nine minutes, but back-to-back triples by Ron Coleman and point guard Jerret Smith extended Michigan's lead to 33-12 with six minutes left in the half.

Michigan led 37-18 at the half.

The Wolverines pulled ahead further in the opening minutes of the second half. DeShawn Sims again scored the first points, again coming from behind the three-point line.

As was the case in the first half, the Michigan offense continued to overpower the Bulldogs undermanned team and held a 19-point advantage over the final 20 minutes of play.

Michigan finished at 43.4% from the field and connected on 10 of 28 shots from behind the three-point arc.

The Wolverines open regular season play in one week against Radford in a game to be televised by the Big 10 Network. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

"The learning curve is going up for us. We still have a lot to learn. We're still not doing alot things right, but this was another good step for us. We have a week now to review the film and keep teaching," Beilein said.

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