TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Lester Abram scored 18 points and Daniel
Horton added 16 Saturday to help Michigan remain unbeaten with a
68-47 victory over South Florida.
The Wolverines improved to 7-0 for the first time since the
1996-97 season that was vacated due to NCAA sanctions. The last
non-vacated season Michigan started as well was 1988-89 when it won
its first 11 games and went on to win the program's only national
Courtney Sims, coming off scoring a career-high 33 points
against Delaware State, had 13 points for Michigan, which has
limited five of seven opponents to 60 or fewer points during its
best start under coach Tommy Amaker.
The Wolverines scored 19 straight during a 22-2 run they used to
open a 20-point lead late in the first half. USF (4-3) went nearly
nine minutes without a basket during the stretch and trailed 39-19
at the break.
Michigan built the big lead, despite shooting just 36 percent
before intermission. The Wolverines scored the last five points of
the opening half and began the second with an 11-2 run to put the
game well out of reach.
The closest South Florida got after that was 64-44 with just
over two minutes to go.
Michigan's promising start includes victories in three straight
road games at the beginning of a season for the first time since
1996-97. The Wolverines host No. 16 UCLA next Saturday in what
figures to be their toughest test so far.