The No. 3 Michigan Wolverines defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Barlcays Center in Brooklyn, 81-66.
The Mountaineers lost their second game in a row to fall to 4-5 on the season. Their second half shooting woes carried over from the loss to Duquesne.
This is the first time John Beilein has faced his former team since leaving for Ann Arbor, and this Michigan team gave Mountaineer fans a blast from the past to start the game. The Wolverines nailed three early three pointers to open with an 11-2 lead.
Volodymyr Gerun saw his first action of the season early in the second half. He scored on his first attempt of his career and it cut the Michigan lead down to 16 before the second media timeout at 25-9.
Jon Horford for Michigan had to be helped off the court after what appeared to be a knee injury while the Wolverines held a 28-17 lead.
West Virginia was able to weather the early storm to cut the Michigan lead down to five with a little less than five minutes to go in the first half, led in large part to good shooting from true freshmen Eron Harris and Terry Henderson.
At halftime, the Wolverines led the game by 11, 43-32. After falling behind by as much as 17 points, WVU was able to fight back to get the score within 5, but Michigan was able to push their lead back to double-digits before going into the locker room.
Both teams shot over 50% in the first half. Michigan won the early rebounding battle, 12-10. Terry Henderson led the Mountaineers with 11 points, while Eron Harris followed with eight of his own. Trey Burke led Michigan with 17 points (8-10 shooting) and five assists. Tim Hardaway Jr. also tallied 10 points in the half.
Michigan started the second half on an 11-4 run to extend the lead to 18 before Terry Henderson made a pair of free throws. Both teams traded baskets for most of the early second half.
The Mountaineers were able to cut the lead back down to single-digits after a dunk by Juwan Staten following a steal with 5:15 to go in the game. After a made layup by Michigan's Jordan Morgan, Terry Henderson hit a three to cut the lead to seven.
However, the Wolverines were able to hold on to defeat the Mountaineers, 81-66. Trey Burke (27) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (24) combined for 51 of Michigan's 81 points. Burke also added six rebounds and seven assists. As a team, they shot 56% from the field for the game.
For West Virginia, Terry Henderson led the way with 23 points, followed by Juwan Staten with 12. WVU shot 37% from the field for the game, but did out-rebound the Wolverines 27-25. Deniz Kilicli was held scoreless for the first time in 44 games. Aaric Murray did not play for West Virginia tonight.
The Mountaineers return to the Coliseum in their next contest to face Oakland Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. on ESPNU.