Michigan freshman Austin Hatch had to overcome a lot just to continue his basketball career. The two-time plane crash survivor scored his first career college point on Monday night as he hit a second-half free throw in an easy Wolverine win.
Although John Beilein’s ballclub has struggled in the non-conference portion of this season, this is a tremendously uplifting moment for their program as Michigan ended up beating Coppin State, 72-56.
Hatch finished 1-for-3 from the free-throw line and also missed a three-pointer in the game. This is the third time Hatch had entered a regular season game for Michigan in 2014, as he also saw some garbage time minutes against Hillsdale and Nicholls State. Hatch failed to score in both of those contests.
Here’s the video of Hatch’s first career point:
Nice to see Michigan’s fans showing so much support during a cool moment. This crowd isn’t quite as enthusiastic as the first time Hatch scored in high school after the second plane crash, but I still applaud the effort.