NCAAB Game Recap - Houston Baptist at Michigan
Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:00 PM EST

GTown
73
Duke
81
F
GMas
63
MD
86
F
MtStM
62
KY
82
F
IPFW
46
OhSt
85
F
Hou
66
Oreg
78
F
UtSt
80
LSU
78
F
Vill
83
MisSt
76
F
Xav
75
UConn
74
F(2OT)
Tex
62
Cal
45
F
Baylor
77
CoCar
65
F
Mont
56
Wash
73
F
Lib
89
Morg
48
F
Nich
54
NCAT
66
F
MidTN
74
Tul
86
F
Mia-FL
58
Fla
78
F
BethC
83
InWor
58
F
Valpa
78
GrCan
74
F
UNCW
46
Clev
47
F
Rice
75
WIMil
69
F
E MI
62
UMBC
45
F
MOSt
71
StJos
69
F
Ford
60
Nev
74
F
(N/A)
47
E IL
87
F
E KY
70
FlInt
89
F
IndSt
72
LoyMa
60
F
URI
60
N TX
47
F
UMKC
74
GrgWas
68
F
Presb
57
SacHr
83
F
IlSt
65
Cin
66
F
Stetsn
55
Iona
60
F
Duques
69
AF
63
F
(N/A)
45
Furm
90
F
Tows
73
Buff
76
F
Boston
44
WVU
69
F
MorSt
50
Butl
68
F
Radf
61
Brad
70
F
GWebb
69
SCar
74
F
McNee
57
Rich
87
F
Lipsco
65
Navy
61
F
HBU
68
Mich
111
F
Harv
82
HolyC
74
F
(N/A)
71
SEMO
72
F
GASt
83
PVAM
74
F
N AL
61
LaTec
82
F
Albany
69
Quin
86
F
Wake
82
David
70
F
Ohio
66
Utah
80
F
S NO
53
JackSt
72
F
(N/A)
68
TexSA
90
F
W MI
63
OkSt
70
F
Evans
68
ECU
85
F
Norf
59
NW
70
F
South
86
Nebras
93
F(OT)
BGSU
77
W Ky
75
F
KennSt
40
Monm
71
F
CAPoly
70
Crei
86
F
SCSt
60
Vand
97
F
SDak
56
Ark
77
F
CenAR
98
CBap
104
F(OT)
IdaSt
65
SCla
78
F
LIU
64
SDSU
81
F
FrePa
62
LongB
93
F
Temp
70
USC
61
F

Nov 22, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Houston Baptist (0-4)

26

42

68

Michigan (4-0)

63

48

111

Livers scores 24, Michigan routs Houston Baptist, 111-68
Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:05 PM

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Four games into the Juwan Howard era, Michigan already accomplished something the program never did with 12 years of coach John Beilein on the sidelines.

Michigan scored the most points in over two decades on Friday night, routing Houston Baptist 111-68.

Isaiah Livers scored 24 points, one of five Michigan players to set a career high, as the Wolverines improved to 4-0.

"I was just trying to cut, find open spots and get to them, because I know my point guard is going to look for me," Livers said. "All you have to do is just cut and get open. He's going to find you."

That guard, Zavier Simpson, scored 22 points and had a career-high 14 assists. Simpson, who entered Friday at ninth in the nation with 7.3 assists per game, had nine at the half.

Also setting career marks in scoring were sophomores Colin Castleton (14 points) and Adrien Nunez (eight). Freshman Cole Bajema (five points) and junior Rico Ozuna-Harrison (two) had their first career baskets. Simpson was two points shy of his career high.

"It's great to see guys come out and play, we had a deep group," Howard said. "They deserved to play, it's that simple.

"It's inspiring just to see how hard they work in practice. I coach Rico, just like I coach (Simpson). There's no difference, there's no drop-off. I don't treat anyone different."

Sophomore David DeJulius had 10 points to tie his career best, which he set a week ago.

Ian DuBose led HBU (0-4) with 16 points.

Michigan will now be tested fully at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas starting Wednesday for three games in three days, the team's first games away from the Crisler Center.

"I'm looking for our group to be a competitive group," Howard said. "It's beautiful when you go on the road. It really helps your team form that mental toughness as well as that togetherness. It's a perfect opportunity at a perfect time for us where we can bond, get to know one another."

On Friday, Michigan took a 26-4 lead and never looked back. Nunez beat the halftime buzzer with a 3-pointer to put Michigan up 63-26. It was the first time Michigan had a 60-point first half since playing HBU in 2013 when Beilein coached Michigan to the largest scoring mark for his tenure in a 107-53 win.

"We came out and didn't compete early on," HBU Ron Cottrell said. "Even when we got good looks, we weren't shooting confidently."

While HBU shot 36.6% from the field (26 of 71), the Wolverines made 43 of 77 (55.8%).

BIG PICTURE

Houston Baptist: The Huskies are preparing for the Southland Conference schedule in a major way with road games at Tulsa, Oral Roberts, Texas Tech, Michigan, Houston and Dayton to open the season.

Michigan: Now it gets real for Howard and the Wolverines, who are in a tough Bahamas bracket next week with No. 5 North Carolina, No. 8 Gonzaga, No. 11 Oregon and No. 13 Seton Hall in the field.

RECORD NIGHT

It was the most Michigan points scored since a 1998 rout of Indiana, when coach Brian Ellerbe's squad crushed coach Bobby Knight's Hoosiers 112-64.

Howard was in his fourth year of a 19-year NBA career then. Castleton, who was born in 2000, said he never played on a team that scored 100 points.

SIMPSON'S SET-UPS

Simpson's 14 assists tied a pair of Gary Grant games in 1987 for second all-time in program history, one assist shy of Derrick Walton Jr.'s mark set in 2017.

MYLES AWAY

Freshman Myles Pierre had a career high 13 points for HBU after scoring 16 points combined in his first three college games. Jalon Gates, who entered the night leading the Southland Conference at 20.7 points per game, scored 15.

UP NEXT

Houston Baptist: The tough HBU starting stretch continues Tuesday with the Huskies first game in their home state, at Houston.

Michigan: The Wolverines open Battle 4 Atlantis play Wednesday against Iowa State.

Leaders

Houston Baptist PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Dalton 0 0 2 4 1 0
P. McKenzie 0 0 0 0 0 0
Michigan PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
L. Wilson 0 0 1 1 0 0
I. Livers 24 0 2 1 0 0

Team Comparison

HBU Mich
Points For 68 111
Field Goals 26/71-37% 43/77-56%
Three Pointers 8/23-35% 14/29-48%
Free Throws 8/13-62% 11/16-69%
Offensive Rebounds 10 11
Defensive Rebounds 26 35
Rebounds 40 50
Blocks 0 4
Steals 5 9
Turnovers 19 12
Personal Fouls 17 12
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Fri Nov 22 HBU 68 @ Mich 111 N. Jones 2 J. Faulds 2

Game Information

Stadium: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Attendance: 12,707
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