Plane crash survivor Hatch sinks first college shot

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan freshman who survived two plane crashes that killed his parents and siblings scored the first point of his college career in the Wolverines' 86-43 exhibition victory Monday night over Wayne State University.

Austin Hatch, 20, missed the first of two free throws before sinking the second shot with 12 seconds remaining in Ann Arbor.

Hatch's teammates and coach John Beilein hugged him afterward.

"Coach B told me with about five minutes left in the game, `Austin, stay loose, and we are going to get you in there,' so I did my best to stay loose and when he called my number I was ready," Hatch said. "Fortunately, I went in there and had an opportunity to make a foul shot. It was pretty special."

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Michigan head coach John Beilein congratulates guard Austin Hatch after he made a free throw basket in the second half of an NCAA college basketball exhibition game against Wayne State at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. Michigan won 86-43. Hatch is a two-time airplane crash survivor who lost all of his immediate family members. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
Michigan guard Austin Hatch (30) makes a free throw in the second half of an NCAA college basketball exhibition game against Wayne State at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. Michigan won 86-43. Hatch is a two-time airplane crash survivor who lost all of his immediate family members. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
Michigan guard Austin Hatch runs through a drill during an NCAA college basketball practice in Ann Arbor, Mich., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
From left to right, Michigan freshman basketball players Ricky Doyle, Aubrey Dawkins, Kameron Chatman, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, D.J. Wilson and Austin Hatch pose during their men's NCAA college media day in Ann Arbor, Mich., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Michigan freshman Austin Hatch, right, greets teammate D.J. Wilson during the men's NCAA college basketball media day in Ann Arbor, Mich., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
FILE - Loyola High School senior Austin Hatch takes question from the media during a news conference at the Loyola High School campus in Los Angeles, in this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 file photo. Two-time plane crash survivor Austin Hatch hit a 3-pointer on his first shot in his first basketball game in nearly three years. Hatch scored in the fourth quarter Wednesday night Jan. 8, 2014 for Los Angeles' Loyola High School, where he enrolled this season. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
Loyola High School senior Austin Hatch, center, poses for a photo with his uncle, Michael Hatch, left, and Loyola High School coach, Jamal Adams, right, during a news conference at the Loyola High School campus in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. Over the past decade, Austin Hatch survived two plane crashes that killed his entire immediate family. He persevered through those tragedies with help from basketball, and he'll play at Michigan next year. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Loyola High School senior Austin Hatch, left, thanks his school basketball trainer, Rasheed Hazzard, after a news confence at the Loyola High School campus in Los Angeles Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. Over the past decade, Hatch survived two plane crashes that killed his entire immediate family. He persevered through those tragedies with help from basketball, and he'll play at Michigan next year. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Loyola High School senior Austin Hatch, left, and his uncle, Michael Hatch pose for a photo after news conference in front of the Loyola High School campus in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. Over the past decade, Austin Hatch survived two plane crashes that killed his entire immediate family. He persevered through those tragedies with help from basketball, and he'll play at Michigan next year. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Loyola High School senior Austin Hatch takes question from the media during a news conference at the Loyola High School campus in Los Angeles Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. Over the past decade, Austin Hatch survived two plane crashes that killed his entire immediate family. Hatch has persevered through those tragedies with help from basketball, and he'll play at Michigan next year. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Loyola High School senior Austin Hatch, left, is congratulated by basketball trainer, Rasheed Hazzard, after a news conference at the Loyola High School campus in Los Angeles Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. Over the past decade, Hatch survived two plane crashes that killed his entire immediate family. He persevered through those tragedies with help from basketball, and he'll play at Michigan next year. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Loyola High School senior Austin Hatch takes question from the media during a news conference at the Loyola High School campus in Los Angeles Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. Over the past decade, Austin Hatch survived two plane crashes that killed his entire immediate family. He persevered through those tragedies with help from basketball, and he'll play at Michigan next year. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
In a photo provided by the family, Austin Hatch poses for a photo, date and location not known. The Indiana high school basketball standout who survived a Michigan plane crash last year that killed his father and stepmother after surviving a 2003 crash that killed his mother plans to play college basketball in 2013. Hatch, made a verbal commitment to play at the University of Michigan before the June crash near the Charlevoix airport. (AP Photo/Family photo)
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The 6-foot-6 Hatch spent eight weeks in a coma with a traumatic brain injury after a 2011 crash that killed his father and stepmother. The single-engine Beechcraft A36 Bonanza flew into a garage near Charlevoix Municipal Airport in northern Michigan.

A 2003 crash killed his mother, brother and sister. His father, Dr. Stephen Hatch, was the pilot both times.

Austin Hatch verbally committed to Michigan 10 days before the 2011 crash.

Beilein had said the school would honor Hatch's scholarship.

"I don't want to be known by the time my career comes to an end here as just `a cool story,'" said Hatch, who grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but went to live with his uncle in Southern California in 2013. "Obviously what happened to me is kind of unique, but that is what happened. That is not who I am. That is a big part of my life, but I am about moving forward and making the most of my experience here."

Beilein said Hatch had two looks at a jump shot but turned them down "for the team" before getting fouled.

"We don't know how often we're going to get him in a game this year, but anytime we can get him in during a situation like that, we're going to get him in," Beilein said.

Caris LeVert led Michigan with 16 points, while Michael Lewis led the Warriors with 15.

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