WASHINGTON (AP) – Eli Brooks scored 15 points, Caleb Houstan added 13 points and Michigan’s No.6 took a 77-49 victory over Prairie View A&M on Saturday night.
Hunter Dickinson scored 11 points and added 10 rebounds for the Wolverines (2-0), who improved to 16-2 in regular season non-conference games under third-year coach Juwan Howard.
âWe’re playing against Michigan, and it’s a tough job,â Panthers coach Byron Smith said. âIf there are five teams in the country that are better than them, show them to me. “
William Douglas collected 15 points for the Panthers (0-3) at an event hosted by Coaches vs. Racism, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending systemic racism in sport. The two teams visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Friday.
âThis is where there was a highlight,â Howard said.
Prairie View, an HBCU located about 50 miles northwest of Houston, was selected to finish second in the Southwestern Athletic Conference this season. The Panthers are 44-5 in the SWAC over the past three seasons.
But they don’t often have to deal with a player like 7-foot-1 Dickinson, a sophomore who grew up just across the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. He scored the first seven points of the game and the Wolverines needed less than seven minutes. to extend their lead to double digits for good.
âWe won’t really see such a size in SWAC,â said Douglas.
Michigan, who led 42-23 at halftime, kept Prairie View on 27 percent of shots on the ground, with just 19.4 percent after the break.
âI like that our guys really stick to the defense issues and the details are the most important thing,â Howard said.
Prairie View A&M: It was an opportunity for the Panthers to play a televised game and compete against a national title contender. It also aligns with the overall programming philosophy of the program: Prairie View is playing its first 12 games away from campus and will not play a home game until January 1.
Michigan: It was a lot less stressful than the Wolverines’ game opener, when they led Buffalo by five with six minutes to go before pulling away for an 88-76 victory. Considering the talent on Howard’s roster, this will likely be the first of many routs for Michigan this season.
With the overtime loss of No.4 Villanova to No.2 in UCLA and the top-five clash between No.5 from Texas and No.1 Gonzaga later on Saturday, Michigan will have a chance to rise. in the top five after his two wins this week.
CHALLENGE WITHOUT ANSWER
Both coaches vouched for the first edition of the Coaches Against Racism event, although Smith had one regret.
âThe only thing that disappoints me is that I challenged this guy to a one-on-one game, and he refused,â Smith said as Howard sat nearby and laughed. âI need you to write them down. The story should read that Juwan dodged Byron. I needed to get a win here.
Prairie View A&M: in Oklahoma State Sunday afternoon.
Michigan: hosts Seton Hall on Tuesday. The teams have only met twice before, both in 1989.
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