The Wolverines (5-1) got the sand out of their shoes in time to topple the Rams, 68-60, to leave Maui with some semblance of a resume-enhancing victory.
Matthews led the Michigan men’s basketball team (4-1) to a dominant dispatching of Chaminade (2-2), 102 to 64, in the first consolation round of the Maui Invitational.
Matthews left the first free throw short. He hit the second one, but after the Tigers inbounded and made a free throw of their own, the Wolverines couldn’t hit a desperation shot, and they fell, 77-75.
The time has come for Beilein to, effectively, say goodbye to the preseason, and “aloha” to quality opposition.
After a lackluster 10-for-34 showing from beyond the arc against Central Michigan, the Wolverines followed it up with another pedestrian 8-of-23 performance Thursday.
After trailing at the half, the Wolverines used a 21-1 run during the second half to dispatch the Golden Eagles, 61-47, at Crisler Center on Thursday night.
It was a plea for the sophomore guard to be more aggressive offensively — to make plays and take his shots when they’re there. Monday, against Central Michigan, Simpson heeded his coach’s advice.
Senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led the team in minutes with 36, shots with 15 and points with 17, guiding the Wolverines to a 72-65 win over Central Michigan.
After a quick turnaround to face Central Michigan, Michigan can learn a lot about itself depending on how they improve down low, especially in the rebounding department.
The Wolverines simply didn’t look like a well-oiled machine Saturday night.