Eli Brooks' strong effort in Michigan's opener helps John Beilein pick up 800th career win


Eli Brooks' second season at Michigan is off to a promising start.

Michigan guard Eli Brooks (55) handles the ball in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Norfolk State at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Michigan won 63-44. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

The former Spring Grove High School standout enjoyed one of the best games of his young Wolverines career on Tuesday night in a 63-44 triumph over Norfolk State in Ann Arbor.

In the process, Brooks helped veteran coach John Beilein pick up his 800th collegiate victory. It was Michigan's regular-season opener

The 6-foot, 1-inch sophomore guard was one of the first players off the bench for Michigan and finished with eight points, four assists, two rebounds and zero turnovers in 20 minutes of game action. He finished 3 for 4 from the field, including 2 for 3 from 3-point range. 

The eight-point effort tied Brooks' career high at Michigan.

Last season as a freshman, Brooks averaged 1.8 points per game, seeing action in 31 contests, including 12 starts. After a solid start during the 2017-18 season, Brooks' playing time steadily decreased as the season progressed, largely because he lost his shooting touch. Brooks shot 30 percent from the field a season ago.

The Wolverines are coming off a season when they won the Big Ten Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Final Four.



Five Spartans honored by CAC in men's soccer: Five York College men's soccer players, including Susquehannock High School graduate Nathan Bilbie have earned All-Capital Athletic Conference honors.

Biblie, a senior midfielder, was named to the first team, along with junior defender Brook Addisu. Bilbie moved up from the second team a season ago, while Addisu is on the first team for a second straight year.

Earning second-team honors for York were sophomore forward Zion Friday, junior forward Keith Witherell and junior midfielder Barak Amige. Friday is on the second team for a second straight year.

For the season, Witherell had four goals and two  assists, Bilbie had four goals and one assist, Friday had four goals, Amige had two goals and two assists and Addisu led a defense that allowed only 13 goals all season. Bilbie compiled his stats despite missing the season's first eight games with an injury.

York finished the year at 10-6-2 overall.

Two York players earn All-CAC honors in women's soccer: The York College women's soccer program had two members receive All-Capital Athletic Conference honors.

Senior midfielder Caitlin Rankin was named to the All-CAC first team and and freshman defender Jenna Cholowinski got second-team honors.

Rankin, a two-time All-CAC performer, finished with a team-leading 18 points on four goals and 10 assists. She finished her Spartan soccer career with 52 points on 18 goals and 16 assists. Her 52 points are eighth in school history, as are her 18 scores. Her 16 assists are sixth in school history.

Cholowinski helped lead a Spartan defense that allowed 1.44 goals per game, which was third best in the CAC. She also finished with one goal and one assist on the offensive end.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.