ANN ARBOR – The second ever Poole Party lived up to its name. With fans in Crisler Center's student department…
ANN ARBOR – The second ever Poole Party lived up to its name. With fans in Crisler Center’s student department wearing swimwear, sunglasses and inflatable pipes, sophomore Jordan Poole delivered a career high 26 points in Michigan 89-78 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.
Michigan scored six points in half-time, extended the double-digit margin at the beginning of the second half, and did not allow South Carolina to get closer to nine in the last 15 minutes.
Poole beat four 3 pointers and scored five rebounds and four helped over 36 minutes. He scored 19 points in the second half alone. Jon Teske scored 15 points and nine rebounds, while Ignas Brazdeikis scored 1
1 of his 17 from the foul line. Wolverines shot a season high 30 free throws, making 23.
Michigan also set a season high for turnover by 16. Eleven of them came in the first half. Wolverinesna went 10-in-24 from 3-point ranges. Isaiah Livers went 4-to-7 from deep for 26 minutes from the bench.
Other than Livers, Michigan head coach John Beilein did not extend too much on his bench, sticking to his usual eight man rotation with Eli Brooks and Austin Davis combines in just 10 minutes.
Teske got Michigan off to a good start scoring six points and taking three rebounds at the first media timeout to give UM an 11-6 edge.
South Carolina fell to 4 -5 in the season even though he shot 52 percent, the best point against Michigan this season.
South Carolina took its first lead, 17-16, nine minutes in and the team traded baskets for a distance. Brazdeikis was sent to the floor with a hard accident – there was some chirping between teams immediately after – and his sixth and seventh free throw gave Michigan a 29-27 lead by 7:25 left. With Matthews on the bench with two traps, Livers drove “second 3 from the left corner margin to five.
Michigan scored 8-0 to make 40-29 and South Carolina responded with a 7-0 run. Brazdeikis got the last half of the first half, giving him 13 points and Michigan led 42-36. Beilein was certainly not happy with the turnover.
Poole spat two 3s and had a widespread dunk to give Michigan a 56-45 advantage at 15:18
Poole did not score for 15 minutes in the initial Poole Party, held last season’s match against Minnesota.
Lever hit a controversial 3, his fourth of the game, which The shot clocked approached the exit to make it 85-73 with 2:52 left.
Michigan will have at least one week between each of their next three matches, starting with next Saturday’s matchup match with Western Michigan.