Michigan too much for UC Riverside, 87-42

By in Press Enterprise on November 27, 2017

By Sports Staff

By Eric Coughlin


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — UC Riverside surprised Cal in the season opener, but it had no such luck against a prepared Michigan team Sunday, losing 87-42.

It’s hard to find a stat that UCR (2-3) wasn’t thoroughly dominated in. It shot 30 percent from the field while allowing 54 percent. Michigan (6-1) went 13 for 28 on 3s while UCR could only manage 3 for 14. Free throws, turnovers, rebounds, fast-break points, blocks, steals and assists all followed a similar trend.

“We’re not quite there yet,” UCR coach Dennis Cutts said. “We’re not quite trusting the format. There are always positives. It was a chance to grow. We’ll reflect on this game a lot over the next few months.”

UCR trailed from wire to wire after Michigan scored on its first three possessions.

When UCR went on a 7:31 scoring drought toward the end of the first half, Michigan’s lead ballooned to 29, and the game was essentially over.

Michigan was coming off three games in Hawaii and was playing its fourth game in seven days.

Dikymbe Martin scored 20 points against Loyola Marymount and had seven assists against Cal but was shut down by Michigan, getting just two points and two assists in 24 minutes.

“It was a hectic atmosphere. As a team you have to find a way to overcome that, and we didn’t today,” Martin said. “Michigan played great defense, but it’s more on me to make shots because my team needed me to do that.”

Martin’s points came on a nifty Euro-step finish in the paint that was UCR’s only offensive highlight of the first half. He missed all four of his other shot attempts.

“He had kind of an off-night. It was tough for him to shake free,” Cutts said about Martin. “They’re physical. They don’t let us play like that […]    

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