Everything went wrong for Michigan in Thursday’s Legends Classic championship game against Arizona State, the game opening cold from the field looking disjointed on both ends of the floor.
The Wolverines started the game 3-of-20 from the floor and 2-of-8 from the free throw line, trailing by 21 before halftime and never completing it, losing their first game of the season 87-62 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Dickinson fisherman He had 14 points, five rebounds and Jet Howard scored 12 to lead No. 21 Michigan (3-1). Desmond Cambridge scored a game-high 20 points, followed by 19 from DJ Horn, 15 from Austin Nunez and 13 from Luther Muhammad to push the Sun Devils.
The 25-point loss was UM’s largest margin of defeat under Juwan Howard.
Don’t help talking about the bench
The Wolverines have only picked up 28 points off the bench through the first two games of the season, so Wednesday’s 34 points off the bench was a welcome change of pace. On Thursday, UM returned to his backup struggles, picking up just five points in the first half and 22 in the evening from non-starters, 15 of which came late in the game.
In fairness, everyone struggled early on.
Jet Howard made a three-pointer from the corner to open the scoring, and Jaylen Llewellyn hit a layup early in the game to stay within two points, but the next points — Howard’s three more punts with 14:34 to play in the half made it a 15-8 game — were the last to score. In Michigan for a while.
UM would not make another basket until the 7:13 mark of the first half reached that Hunter Dickinson bounced off his blocking step to stop a 24-6 Sun Devil run. The surge occurred on a wave, when ASU connected on seven consecutive field goals to open the game 11-of-15 from the ground.
Arizona made 8 of 14 three-pointers in the first half while Michigan made just 9 of 30 attempts.
Michigan trailed, 46-28, at the half and would not get closer than 15 points the rest of the way.
Frankie Collins, the former Michigan point guard who entered the transfer gate just two days after Llewellyn announced he was moving to Ann ArborHe had foul problems all night, but was effective when he was on the court.
He got the ball in the paint early in the second half, and pretended as if he was about to dribble it, before quickly turning on a dime, blown by the defender and finishing an uncontested layup. He finished with four points, five assists, and
Cambridge, who were nil-for-10 with a three-pointer, went 4-for-8 on Thursday. Horn, who hit 3 of 15 shots on Wednesday versus VCU, went 8 of 14 from the floor.
Nunez, who made 3 of 5 three-pointers and 6 of 10 from the floor, had a standout when he scored an up-and-down layup with Joey Baker pressing him in the transition. Capping off an 8-0 Sun Devils run in the second half gave them a 68-43 lead.
Cold Michigan from start to finish
One of Michigan’s problems last season was its three-point shooting, making just 33.9% of it. After hitting a season-high 9 3s on Wednesday, the Wolverines had their worst shooting night of the year, hitting just 4 of 21 from behind the line and shooting a season-worst 32% from the field.
Consistently double-teamed this season, Dickinson was full of energetic hands and long arms all night. He had to work towards his team’s 14 points on 6-for-14 shooting.
He and Howard scored 24 of the team’s first 34 points, but managed only two points on the road.
Outside of Lewellyn, who scored five points in the first half, Michigan did not get any points from its other starts until the second half. Kobe Bufkin opened the night 0-for-6 from the floor and didn’t score until he put the ball out and 1 with 15:35 left in the second period.
Captain Terrence Williams got his first points on a tricky jump returner with 8:26 to play in the game and finished with four points.
This article originally appeared on the Detroit Free Press: Michigan basketball suffered its worst loss ever under Joan Howard