Hoops in Europe: Team Drops Third Straight

Eso Akunne lines up a three against Oostende (via Michigan Basketball's Facebook page).

Despite cutting an 18-point halftime deficit down to eight by the start of the fourth quarter, Michigan dropped its third straight game in its European tour, losing 70-55 to Oostende, another Belgian professional squad. Michigan may be finding its rotation, however, as they ran out the same starting five for the third consecutive game: Darius Morris, Stu Douglass, and Matt Vogrich at guard, with Zack Novak and Blake McLimans up front. Here’s the box score from yesterday’s contest:

As you can see, the team struggled once again with connecting inside the arc, shooting just 9-for-26 on two point shots. Freshman forward Jordan Morgan was 4-for-4 on the afternoon, all on two-pointers, meaning the rest of the squad hit just 5-of-22 — not good at all. That 4-13 mark from the free throw line is disconcerting as well. I’ll have a more complete look at the European tour — and its potential implications for the 2010-11 season — after the final contest is played this afternoon. For more, as always, check out UMHoops’ coverage.

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