The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 22, 2004 - 3B
WHAT DID YOU SAY?
"/'// be missing my mom's
home- cooked meals."
- Michigan F/C Chris
Hunter on his Thanksgiving
trip to New York City.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
%N 9Sacramento St. 49
The junior shot 4-of-7 from the
field and had a team-high nine
points for the Hornets.
"Air Georgia" recorded 11 points, seven
rebounds and a career-high seven blocks
in the win over the Hornets.
Sacramento State 49
Hornets can't surprise Blue
Totals 200 19-57 6-6 11-3310 27 49
FG%: 33.3. FT%: 100.0 3-point FG:
5-19, .263 (Bausley 3-5; Harris, J. 1-6;
Freeman 1-2; Harris, E. 0-2; Roberts 0-2;
Pugh 0-1; Perry 0-1). Blocks: 0 Steals: 7
(Freeman 2; Harris, J.; Bausley; McKay;
Gilzene; Roberts). Turnovers: 21 (Harris,
E. 5; Perry 3; Freeman 3; Adams 2; Rob-
erts 2; Beekman 2; Pugh; Bausley; Har-
ris, J.; McKay). Technical fouls: None.
FG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A 0-T A F PTS
Harrell 24 1-2 1-2 0-3 1 0 3
Petway 28 4-6 3-4 1-7 1 1 11
Sims 30 5-7 7-9 4-9 0 3 17
Horton 33 4-11 3-3 0-2 5 3 13
Harris 36 4-11 4-4 1-3 3 3 14
__Wohl 2 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 0 0
" Andrews 12 1-2 0-1 1-2 1 0 2
Bell 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Coleman 13 1-4 1-1 0-0 1 0 3
Hunter 13 1-2 5-8 1-4 0 3 7
Mathis 7 0-1 0-0 2-4 0 0 0
Ba 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Totals 200 21-4624-3410-371313 70
FG%: 45.7 FT%: 70.6 3-point FG: 4-16
(Horton 2-6; Harris 2-6; Coleman 0-2;
Andrews 0-1; Harrell 0-1). Blocks: 12
(Petway 7; Sims 2; Horton 2; Hunter).
*Steals: 9 (Horton 2; Harris 2; Harrell;
Petway; Sims; Andrews; Hunter). Turn-
overs: 19 (Horton 4; Hunter 3; Petway
3; Harrell 2; Sims 2; Harris 2; Andrews;
Coleman; Mathis). Technical fouls: none.
Sacramento State. 31 18 - 49
Michigan..................34 36 - 70
At: Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, Ml
By Eric Ambinder
Daily Sports Writer
Before Friday night's game against Sacramento State, Michi-
gan coach Tommy Amaker told his team it would be the biggest
game of the season.
Sacramento State? With No. 10 Arizona up next, either Prov-
idence or No. 2 Wake Forest after that and No. 20 Notre Dame
and No. 3 Georgia Tech just down the road?
But Amaker was referring to how difficult it would be to
focus on executing against an easier opponent in-between
rounds of the Preseason NIT. And at first it was, as Michigan
led by just three at halftime, 34-31.
But thanks to sophomore Brent Petway's explosiveness, a 24-
6 advantage in points from the free-throw line and stellar sec-
ond-half defense, the Wolverines were able to overcome a slow
start and beat the Hornets, 70-49.
"I don't think we were looking past them," Amaker said. "I
don't think we have the kind of team or the kind of kids at
this stage of our tenure here in the program that they would do
something like that. They are more mature than that."
Sacramento State was able to stifle the Wolverines early,
playing heavy perimeter defense. Guards Dion Harris and Dan-
iel Horton combined to shoot just 4-of-13 in the first half, com-
mitting as many combined turnovers - four - as assists.
That helped the Hornets (0-1) stick with Michigan (3-0)
throughout the first half. Sacramento outrebounded the Wol-
verines 24 to 15 and kept them scoreless for over seven minutes
during the latter part of the period.
Logging his first start of the year - in place of the injured
Graham Brown - Petway fulfilled his normal energizer role.
With a little more than two minutes remaining before the half,
Petway had blocks on successive plays that invigorated the
crowd and his teammates.
"They kept throwing it up, and I kept trying to go get it,"
Petway said. "I was mad at myself (during Wednesday's game
against Colorado). I missed a couple so I knew I had to make it
up one way or another."
Said Horton: "He does it every game. We don't take him for
granted. We love his energy and the excitement that he brings.
And we're starting to expect it from him now. Once you do it a
couple of times, that becomes your role. He's a guy that loves
and embraces his role."
Petway helped Michigan limp to a 34-31 halftime lead behind
five first-half blocks and one energy-boosting dunk.
Sacramento State's perimeter defense had less of an effect
in the second half. The Wolverines began to work the ball into
the paint more. They completed 9-of-12 field goal attempts and
went to the free-throw line 19 times.
"Just in terms of our frontline strength, we try and make sure
we utilize the frontline very well and get a high percentage
shot," Amaker said. "If (we) get the ball inside, we are probably
going to get to the free throw line."
Michigan extended its lead to 46-36 five minutes into the
second half, thanks to a Petway dunk on a pretty feed from
Horton. As the Wolverines began to pull away, the Hornets -
possibly in an effort to stay away from Petway - began to rely
on three-point shooting to get back into the game. But Sacra-
mento State shot just 2-for-11 from beyond the arc in the second
"When you look at the second half, our defense was the key
for us," Amaker said. "I thought we continued to shoot the free
throws well. That's been key for us this year and we've been
able to use the free throw line as an offensive weapon."
Michigan racked up 34 free-throw attempts to the Hornets' six.
Sophomore Courtney Sims converted on 7-of-9 free throws
and led the Wolverines with 17 points and nine rebounds. Last
Wednesday against Colorado, Sims took 16 shots and never
went to the free-throw line.
"That's a significant improvement from the way he played
(against the Buffaloes)," said Amaker about Sims's ability to
get to the line on Friday. "He's been cashing in once he gets
Sophomore Brent Petway sends home a dunk in Friday's 7449 victory.
around the free-throw line. I think he played his best game of
this season (on Friday)."
Joining Brown on the sidelines, wing Lester Abram did not play
against the Hornets. Amaker did not comment on Abram's absence,
who injured his shoulder in last year's Big Ten Tournament against
Iowa. Junior Sherrod Harrell started in Abram's place. It is unclear
whether Brown or Abram will start Wednesday against Arizona in
the Preseason NIT semifinals in New York.
Injuries give busy cagers new starting lineup
By Brian Schick
Daily Sports Editor
It was difficult for the Michigan basketball team
not to overlook Sacramento State on Friday to pre-
pare for Wednesday's matchup with Arizona. But
the difficulty was increased as the Wolverines had
to adjust to a change in its starting
Juniors Lester Abram and Gra-
ham Brown did not dress against
the Hornets, allowing Sherrod Har-
rell and Brent Petway to take their
starting spots. This was an unusual
spot for everyone involved - Har-
didn't miss a beat. Michigan coach Tommy Amak-
er was pleased with the way the team adjusted to
the lineup changes.
"I thought Sherrod Harrell gave us some tough-
ness and grittiness out there," Amaker said. "I was
really pleased with Brent Petway's energy and his
play. I am just really proud of our team and a great
team effort and how well we hung together."
Petway definitely took advantage of his first start,
blocking a career-high seven shots, including five
in the first half. He also grabbed seven boards and
added 11 points. Harrell saw a career-best 24 min-
utes of playing time and added three points.
Abram missed time last season when he injured
his shoulder against Iowa on March 12. He missed
three games before returning in the Postseason
NIT against Hawaii. During Wednesday's game
against Colorado, Brown took an incidental elbow
to the face and collapsed to the floor. He had to be
helped off the court by Chris Hunter and appeared
at Friday's game with a black eye.
"After Wednesday, I've been having headaches
ever since," Brown said. "I got some bruising going
on in my brain. But I'm just trying to get ready for
next week. I'm seeing doctors every day - Seeing
how it goes, seeing if every day gets a little better."
Abram struggled in his first two games this sea-
son, going 5-of-22 from the floor and 0-for-8 from
behind the arc. Brown is averaging 5.5 rebounds
and 4.0 points per game.
Busy, Busy, Busy: Michigan just wrapped up a
week in which it played three games in five days, and
the Wolverines will now play two games in three
days over Thanksgiving weekend in the Preseason
NIT final four.
After returning from New York, the Wolver-
ines face a tough set of games on the road at No.
3 Georgia Tech on Nov. 30 and return home to
face No. 20 Notre Dame on Dec. 4. While it might
seem that the increased number of games contrib-
uted to the sloppy play on Friday - Michigan and
Sacramento State combined for 40 fouls and 40
turnovers - the players believe that the experience
will help improve their stamina for the grind of the
Big Ten season.
"It's been great prep," Harrell said. "It's good
experience for our team. It lets us work things out
and get guys into the rotation. It lets us mature
really fast, and right at the beginning of the year
is no better time."
NOTES: Sophomore Dion Harris continues to
remain perfect from the free-throw line this sea-
son, going 4-for-4 on Friday and bringing his sea-
son total to 13-for-13 ... Petway's seven blocks tied
him- for fourth all-time for blocks in a game, along
with Roy Tarpley and Chris Webber. Tarpley holds
the record with 10 in a game ... Freshman Ron
Coleman scored the first points of his career on a
layup late in the game, and he hit the ensuing free
throw to finish the three-point play.
rell was making his second career start, and Petway
had never started. In addition, Abram had missed
just three games in his career, and it was the first
time Brown had missed a game in three seasons.
But Harrell and Petway stepped right in and
The number of combined turn-
overs in Friday's game. Sacra-
mento State had 21 turnovers,
while Michigan posted 19.
Arizona forward Hassan Adams.
The No. 10 Wildcats have won the Preseason NIT
Tournament three times, tied for the most with
Kansas. They will go for their fourth this year, but
they will have to do it coming off an upset loss to
Virginia. With Hassan Adams, Salim Stoudamire
and Channing Frye all averaging over 15 points per
game, Arizona will be a handful for any team that
has to face it.
Either No. 2 Wake Forest or Providence will await
the Wolverines in the championship or consolation
game. All-American candidate Chris Paul will try
and fulfill the highest expectations in Winston-Sa-
lem since the Tim Duncan era.
Ryan Gomes is a Preseason Player of the Year
candidate for the Friars and averaged 18.9 points,
9.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists as an All-American
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