ANN ARBOR – The second Poole party lived up to its name. Fans wearing swimsuits, sunglasses and inflatable tubes in the student section of the Crisler Center gave Jordan Poole a 26-point career win on Saturday in Michigan's 89-78 win over South Carolina, extending the lead early in the second half double digits, and did not allow South Carolina to come closer than nine in the last 15 minutes.
Poole hit four 3-pointers and added five rebounds and four assists for 36 minutes. In the second half alone, he scored 19 points. Jon Teske added 15 points and nine rebounds, while Ignas Brazdeikis scored 11 of his 17 from the foul line. The Wolverines scored with 30 free throws on the season, making it to 23.
Michigan set at 1
Apart from Livers, the head coach of Michigan, John Beilein, did not put too much emphasis on his bench and only stayed ten minutes in his usual eight-man rotation with Eli Brooks and Austin Davis combined.
Teske got Michigan off to a good start, scoring six points and earning three rebounds at the first media timeout to give UM a 11-6 lead.
South Carolina dropped to 4 -5 in the season despite 52 percent, the best mark against Michigan this season.
South Carolina took its first lead (17-16 minutes, nine minutes) and teams exchanged baskets for a while. Brazdeikis was knocked down by a fierce foul – immediately afterwards there were a few tweets between the teams – and his sixth and seventh free throws gave Michigan a 29-27 lead with 7:25. With Matthews on the bench with two fouls, Liver's second 3 from left pushed the margin down to five.
Michigan went 8-0 for 40-29 and South Carolina responded with a 7-0 run. Brazdeikis clinched the final of the first half with 13 points and Michigan led with 42-36. Beilein was certainly not satisfied with the sales.
Poole spattered two 3s and had an outbreak to give Michigan a 56-45 lead. The margin never came closer than nine.
Poole scored no goal in 15 minutes in the first Poole party held last season against Minnesota.
The shot seemed to have nearly expired to make 85:73 with 2:52.
Michigan will have at least a week between the next three games, starting with the home game next Saturday with Western Michigan.