Poole Party Indeed: Sophomore G scores career high in 89-78 win over South Carolina

Poole Party Indeed: Sophomore G scores career high in 89-78 win over South Carolina

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Poole Party Indeed: Sophomore G scores career high in 89-78 win over South Carolina

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — On a day in which the Michigan student section encouraged people to wear inflatable, tropical gear for a “Poole Party,” the player for which the homage was inspired made sure not to disappoint.

Saturday afternoon’s matchup against South Carolina was the continuation of a home-and-home, which initially began two years ago in Columbia. After a year off, the two resumed the series, and while sophomore guard Jordan Poole wasn’t on that Michigan team that lost to the Gamecocks in 2016, he made sure the SEC team coached by Frank Martin would remember this game.

Poole scored a career high 26 points in the game, helping elevate the Wolverines to a 89-78 win over South Carolina.

It wouldn’t be easy though.

While Michigan led for the majority of the game, with the sole blip coming halfway through the first half, the Gamecocks played a feisty brand of basketball, getting into passing lanes, and making life all around difficult for the usually solid Wolverines. Usually, the maize and blue are known for taking care of the basketball, but South Carolina forced Michigan into 16 turnovers on the day — pretty astonishing for a team that averages just 9.1 turnovers-per-game, sixth-best in the country. The Gamecocks had 8 steals, which made things problematic for Michigan, though the Wolverines still managed to both outrebound South Carolina by a solid margin, which helped keep factors in the Wolverines favor.

The two teams shot relatively evenly, with both having above-50% shooting days. While South Carolina out-shot Michigan from three-point land, percentage-wise, the Wolverines ultimately hit 10 of 24 attempts, whereas the Gamecocks only attempted 11 three-pointers total.

Poole ultimately ended up leading all scorers, and though it was a quiet day for freshman phenom Ignas Brazdeikis, he still ended up scoring 15 points while adding 6 rebounds. Third-year center Jon Teske still looked the part of one of the team’s most valuable players, with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Next, Michigan will have a full week off, with Western Michigan coming to Crisler Center this upcoming Saturday.

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