Connecticut trounced Michigan in Wednesday’s night cap at the Battle 4 Atlantis, walking away with a 74-60 victory. The Wolverines will play in the losers’ bracket from here on out in the Bahamas and will face Charlotte (1-3) on Thanksgiving at 9:30 p.m. (AXSTV).
It was over when
Caris LeVert went to the bench with his second foul with Michigan leading 15-14 and 8:04 to play in the first half. UConn outscored the Wolverines 22-7 over the final eight minutes of the first half and went to the locker room with a 14 point half time lead. The backbreaking shot was a Sterling Gibbs stepback three in the closing seconds that felt like a crushing blow to any comeback chances. Michigan managed to finally cut the lead to single digits with 3:14 to play in the second half, but the late comeback effort was too little too late.
Player of the Game: Daniel Hamilton
Daniel Hamilton’s fingerprints were all over the game and he helped UConn open up their first half lead with a pair of nice floaters in the lane. Hamilton finished with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists.
Stat of the game: Three-point shooting
Michigan couldn’t create any offense inside against UConn and settled for three-pointer after three-pointer. The Wolverines were just 8 of 27 from long distance and 49% of their shot attempts were triples on the night.
Room for improvement
Michigan’s offense sputtered to a halt on Wednesday night, managing just .94 points per possession. The Wolverines lacked any confidence with the ball and struggled to create much of any offense outside of Caris LeVert. Derrick Walton managed 10 points in the loss, most of which came with the game nearly out of hand, while Zak Irvin, Aubrey Dawkins and Duncan Robinson were a combined 10 of 28 from the floor as the search continued for a secondary scorer.