Nov. 1, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #5 Michigan 83, Northern Michigan 47 (exhibition)
Next U-M Event: Monday, Nov. 5 -- vs. Saginaw Valley State (ex.) (Crisler Center), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 5 AP/No. 5 ESPN/USA Today) had four players finish in double-digit scoring in an 83-47 exhibition triumph over Northern Michigan on Thursday night (Nov. 1) inside the newly renovated Crisler Center.
Freshman guards Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]), Spike Albrecht (Crown Point, Ind./Northfield Mount Hermon Prep [Mass.]) and Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) finished with 17, 16, and 13 points, respectively, while junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) added 13 points and eight rebounds.
Leading by as many as 38 points in the contest, Michigan shot 27-of-63 (43 percent) from the floor, including 13-of-31 (42 percent) from behind the arc in the game. U-M earned 10 second-chance points off its 19 offensive rebounds and scored 15 points off the Wildcats' 11 turnovers.
The Wolverines jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead within the first two minutes of the game after freshmen starters Albrecht and Robinson combined to go 3-for-3 from the floor in their first collegiate contest. Albrecht and Robinson got things going with back-to-back three-pointers, before Albrecht scored on an old-fashioned three-point play at the 18:05 mark.
U-M continued its perfect shooting streak (6-of-6) to extend its lead to 17-0 at the 16:19 mark. The Wildcats twice cut their deficit to 10 throughout the remainder of the first half, but the Wolverines used a 7-0 run in the last three minutes to take a 38-21 lead going into the locker room.
Back-to-back triples by Albrecht triggered a 10-0 run for Michigan out of the break. Robinson continued the run with a steal and fastbreak slam, before Hardaway found him again at the rim for an alley-oop with 18:18 remaining in the game.
The Wolverines then used a 12-2 run to extend their lead to 34 points, 60-26, at the 13:45 mark. Both teams exchanged baskets for the remainder of the game, but Michigan was able to push its lead even further to 38 points with the help of three-point field goals from freshman guard Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central), Stauskas, and senior guard Eso Akunne (Ann Arbor, Mich./Gabriel Richard).
The Wolverines will return to Crisler Center on Monday (Nov. 5) when they host Saginaw Valley State in their final exhibition game before the regular-season opener on Nov. 9. Monday's game, which is slated for a 7 p.m. tipoff, will air live on BTN.com.
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