Nov. 5, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #5 Michigan 76, Saginaw Valley State 48 (exhibition)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 9 -- vs. Slippery Rock (Crisler Center), 8:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 5 AP, No. 5 ESPN/USA Today) used a 24-3 first-half run to put away Saginaw Valley State, 76-48, in an exhibition contest on Monday (Nov. 5) inside Crisler Center. The Wolverines got production in the scoring column from 11 different players and 23 of their 29 field goals were assisted.
Michigan went 29-of-51 (57 percent) from the floor, including 11-of-27 (41 percent) from behind the arc. The Wolverines scored 21 points off the Cardinals' 13 turnovers and knocked down 32 points in the paint.
Holding a slight 11-9 lead over Saginaw Valley State a little more than five minutes into the game, U-M went on its 24-3 run, sparked by back-to-back three pointers from Robinson, to take a 23-point lead at the 3:54 mark. The Wolverines kept the Cardinals scoreless for the last 7:19 of the run, until they knocked down a triple with 3:42 to play.
Michigan maintained its 23-point lead and entered the locker room up, 43-20. The Wolverines shot 17-of-29 (59 percent) from the field, including 7-of-15 (47 percent) from behind the three-point line, in the opening half.
U-M added to its advantage with a 13-4 run out of the halftime break and held a 56-24 advantage at the 14-minute mark. Saginaw Valley State answered with consecutive three-point field goals, but a steal and one-handed slam by freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesteron, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) followed by a triple by Robinson halted the surge and gave U-M its largest lead of the game (35 points).
The Cardinals then put together an 11-1 run to cut the deficit to 25 (66-41) with 4:27 remaining in the game, and U-M outscored Saginaw Valley State 10-7 in the final four minutes to secure the 28-point win.
The Wolverines will open the regular season on Friday night (Nov. 9) when they host Slippery Rock in a doubleheader with the U-M women's basketball team inside Crisler Center. Tipoff for the men's game is slated for 8:30 p.m., and the game will be streamed live via the MGoBlue.com All-Access player.
Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423