U-M pushes past Northwood for exhibition win
Written by Matt Pargoff   

 

The Michigan basketball season is just a few days away from getting started, and on Friday evening, the Wolverines had the chance to work out some kinks, playing host to Northwood in an exhibition matchup that saw the Maize and Blue claim a 90-58 victory.

Michigan pulled away in the first half, with true freshmen Ignas Brazdeikis getting the start and making a quick impact on his way to a 12-point outing. Following the game, head coach John Beilein noted that Brazdeikis got the start in part because Isaiah Livers had missed extensive practice time due to an injury. Livers also saw action in the game though, scoring 12 points, and pulling down a team best eight rebounds.

Four other Wolverines also reach double figures, with Charles Matthews adding 13 points, Jordan Poole and Zavier Simpson scoring 12, and Jon Teske adding 11. Poole and Simpson also matched each other’s production in assists, each finding teammates for scores seven times.

The game saw the Wolverines finding great success in transition, scoring 25 points off turnovers, while relying far less than normal for a Beilein team on outside shooting.

In total, 14 players got to see the court for the Wolverines, with all five of the true freshmen seeing action. As noted, Brazdeikis saw the bulk of the action from that group, with Brandon Johns Jr. mixed in briefly with Jon Teske and Austin Davis, and David DeJulius likewise seeing spot action in place of Zavier Simpson and Eli Brooks at point guard.

Michigan will open the regular season on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. eastern on Big Ten Network, playing host to Norfolk State.

 
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