NCAAB Game Recap - Creighton at Michigan
Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:30 PM EST

Evans
67
KY
64
F
CenAR
54
Duke
105
F
N DA
66
Gonz
97
F
Mem
74
Oreg
82
F
Denv
56
UtSt
97
F
MtStM
46
Wash
56
F
Mizzu
58
Xav
63
F(OT)
Aub
70
SthAL
69
F
Pitt
71
RobM
57
F
Crei
69
Mich
79
F
PaulQ
59
Alc
111
F
(N/A)
43
Leh
80
F
Bridg
40
Radf
91
F
(N/A)
45
UMassL
88
F
W&M
80
Woff
79
F
(N/A)
67
Merrim
97
F
How
50
ND
79
F
Amer
67
GrgWas
65
F
Lamar
56
Duques
66
F
Chat
74
Troy
68
F
MD-ES
55
Longw
85
F
(N/A)
63
Hamp
95
F
NCAT
64
WCU
90
F
MsVl
81
W MI
91
F
UNH
61
StJon
74
F
StBon
65
Sien
78
F
Campbl
76
UNCW
81
F(OT)
David
58
Charl
71
F
NE
71
UMass
80
F
Hartfo
62
Maris
51
F
DelSt
74
Manh
85
F
SCSt
39
Lib
65
F
N AL
65
Ind
91
F
Citad
86
UGA
95
F
(N/A)
49
E MI
101
F
(N/A)
43
E KY
129
F
NoKY
69
CoCar
68
F
AF
69
Army
57
F
ECU
62
App
68
F
Fairf
68
HolyC
63
F(OT)
(N/A)
52
LaTec
98
F
Furm
91
ChaSo
47
F
Rice
80
NWSt
74
F
Norf
55
Miss
68
F
ChiSt
34
E IL
98
F
NOrl
64
SMU
77
F
AlSt
56
Hou
84
F
JackSt
79
Tul
88
F
Lipsco
78
TNSt
79
F
ULLa
65
TCU
98
F
NIU
52
IaSt
70
F
(N/A)
60
InWor
86
F
Valpa
89
SIU-E
76
F
(N/A)
53
WIMil
103
F
Oral
67
Tuls
74
F
CBap
54
Tex
67
F
PVAM
48
TxSt
75
F
Clev
53
MOSt
73
F
Copp
76
LoyIL
72
F
N TX
43
Ark
66
F
Minn
56
Butl
64
F
(N/A)
55
JacSt
125
F
WriSt
85
TNTec
80
F(OT)
(N/A)
38
N CO
104
F
LongB
58
Stan
86
F
(N/A)
70
UtVal
101
F
NMSt
50
UTEP
65
F
Murr
63
Tenn
82
F
Mia-FL
79
UCF
70
F
Fres
66
USD
72
F(OT)
PacOR
81
Seatt
115
F
SDSt
66
USC
84
F
WaSt
62
SCla
70
F
Pepp
94
CSNor
82
F
TexAr
73
Nev
80
F
(N/A)
52
UCIrv
98
F
UNLV
75
Cal
79
F(OT)
Okla
77
OrSt
69
F

Nov 12, 2019, 6:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Creighton (1-1)

41

28

69

Michigan (2-0)

38

41

79

Strong second half lifts Michigan past Creighton 79-69
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:13 PM

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) At halftime, Michigan had largely wasted a fine shooting performance by allowing Creighton a 10-0 advantage in offensive rebounds.

Needless to say, that was discussed.

"They shoot a lot of 3s. There's going to be a lot of long rebounds," said Jon Teske, Michigan's 7-foot-1 center. "Go get the rebounds with two hands instead of one. They were just being more aggressive than us in the first half. In the second half we had to change that."

The Wolverines allowed eight more offensive rebounds in the second half on Tuesday night, but Michigan's defense was tight enough down the stretch to beat the Bluejays 79-69. The Wolverines outscored Creighton 41-28 after halftime, passing their first significant test under new coach Juwan Howard.

Zavier Simpson had 17 points and nine assists for Michigan, and Isaiah Livers scored 22 points. The Wolverines (2-0) shot 57% from the field.

Michigan was 7 of 16 from 3-point range in the first half but still trailed 41-38 after 20 minutes. Then the Wolverines, who relied heavily on their defense the past couple seasons, were impressive on that end in the second.

Livers put the Wolverines up 60-52 with an alley-oop dunk, and a driving layup by Simpson made it 64-55.

"Not being able to keep Simpson out of the paint ended up being the downfall in the end," Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. "If he gets into the paint, he's got room to make decisions. He's going to pick your defense apart."

Teske gave the Bluejays problems with his size at both ends of the court. He had 17 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals, and Michigan eventually found him for enough easy baskets to keep Creighton at bay.

Ty-Shon Alexander led Creighton (1-1) with 20 points, and Marcus Zegarowski added 18. Mitch Ballock scored the first eight points of the game for the Bluejays but finished with only 11.

"I thought they really got out on our shooters. I thought they did a good job taking Mitch, just not letting him get any open shots, because he got hot early," Zegarowski said. "I thought they made adjustments down the stretch with the way they defended ball screens and the way they came at us with zones."

BIG PICTURE

Creighton: The Bluejays did not have a starter over 6-foot-7, so it's no surprise that Teske was a problem. They were quick enough to come up with all those offensive rebounds, but ultimately enjoyed just a 13-4 advantage in second-chance points, which wasn't enough.

Michigan: Simpson and Livers were particularly sharp on this night, and Michigan was impressive on defense while not fouling. Creighton did not make a free throw and attempted only two in the game. The Wolverines won despite attempting 20 fewer field goals than the Bluejays.

ON THE BOARDS

Teske can block or alter a lot of shots with his size and aggressiveness, but that sometimes leaves him out of position for rebounds. That's something the whole Michigan team should be mindful of.

"Teske does a fantastic job of protecting the paint. That's his job," said Howard, who won his debut as Michigan's coach last week against Appalachian State. "We have to crack back and not allow those bigs to run in freely to get offensive rebounds."

DOWN LOW

Jacob Epperson, Creighton's 6-foot-11 center, has dealt with back and knee issues, and he injured his right leg in practice recently. He did not play, but 6-foot-11 Kelvin Jones had nine rebounds - seven at the offensive end - in only 15:58.

Despite their size issues, the Bluejays had a 42-32 advantage in points in the paint.

UP NEXT

Creighton: The Bluejays host Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

Michigan: The Wolverines host Elon on Friday night.

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Leaders

Creighton PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Scurry 0 0 0 0 0 0
N. Zeil 0 0 0 0 0 0
Michigan PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
I. Livers 22 0 0 4 0 2
Z. Simpson 17 0 9 3 0 1

Team Comparison

Crei Mich
Points For 69 79
Field Goals 31/73-42% 30/53-57%
Three Pointers 7/20-35% 9/23-39%
Free Throws 0/2-0% 10/12-83%
Offensive Rebounds 18 4
Defensive Rebounds 20 23
Rebounds 42 30
Blocks 1 6
Steals 6 3
Turnovers 8 11
Personal Fouls 12 7
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Mich Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Nov 12 Crei 69 @ Mich 79 D. Jefferson 2 C. Castleton 2

Game Information

Stadium: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Attendance: 11,398
Game Time: