Nov. 4, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: #18 Michigan 47, Wayne State 39 (exhibition)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 11 -- vs. Ferris State (Crisler Arena), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 18 AP/No. 18 USA Today) defeated Wayne State, 47-39, in an exhibition contest on Friday night (Nov. 4) inside Crisler Arena.
Sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) led the scoring and rebounding for the Wolverines with 20 points (7-of-17 FG, 4-of-6 FT) and nine boards, while senior guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) recorded 14 points and freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) tallied seven points with four assists.
The Wolverines shot 37.3 percent (19-of-51) from the field and outscored the Warriors in the paint, 22-18. Thirty-nine points mark the fewest Michigan has surrendered to an opponent since Nov. 13, 2010, when South Carolina Upstate compiled only 35.
Hardaway started off the game with an offensive rebound and a put-back for the first points of the contest, but then the two teams slowed and were tied, 6-6, with 12:30 left in the half. It was not until Novak hit a three-pointer to take a 9-6 lead with 12 minutes to go that the Wolverines began to pull away from the Warriors. Burke recorded his first collegiate points, tallying five in the half, and Novak scored seven consecutive for the Maize and Blue on a 14-2 run near the end of the half to allow U-M to take a 25-14 lead going into the locker room.
Out of the break, Wayne State struck first, rallying with an 11-4 run to cut the Michigan lead to four with 12 minutes to go. The Wolverines responded with an impressive alley-oop from Burke to Hardaway, who garnered the first 11 points in the half for U-M, which shot 42.9 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes, ending any chance of a Wayne State comeback.
Only four Wolverines -- Hardaway, Novak, Burke and sophomore forward Jon Horford (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge) -- scored in the contest.
The Wolverines will open the regular season next Friday night (Nov. 11) when they host Ferris State inside Crisler Arena. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423