Michigan Scores 100, Smashes Slippery Rock in Opener
Mitch McGary

Nov. 9, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #5 Michigan 100, Slippery Rock 62
Records: U-M (1-0), SRU (0-1)
Next U-M Event: Monday, Nov. 12 -- vs. IUPUI - NIT Season Tip-Off (Crisler Center), 9 p.m. (TV: ESPNU)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With his 25-point, 10-rebound effort, junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) surpassed 1,000 career points and recorded his fourth career double-double, as the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 5 AP/No. 5 ESPN/USA Today) trounced Slippery Rock, 100-62, on Friday night (Nov. 9) inside Crisler Center. The Wolverines outscored the Rock by 24 points in the second half and led by as many as 42 in the game.

Twelve Wolverines contributed to U-M's scoring in the game, including sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS), who finished with 21 points and eight assists, and freshman guard Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central), who had 10 points and eight rebounds. Freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesteron, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) chipped in with nine points and nine rebounds off the bench.

Michigan shot 38-of-66 (58 percent) from the floor, including 12-of-19 (63 percent) from behind the arc while holding Slippery Rock to just 24-of-65 (37 percent) from the field and 6-of-21 (29 percent) from behind the three-point line in the game.

With Michigan leading, 44-30, at intermission, Slippery Rock scored the first two field goals out of the halftime break, but U-M answered. In a little less than two minutes of play, Robinson found Hardaway for a one-handed slam, starting a 10-0 U-M run.

Following a basket by Robinson on Michigan's ensuing possession, Hardaway nailed back-to-back three-pointers to give the Maize and Blue the 20-point lead (54-34). Then, at the 12:57 mark, McGary stole the ball and passed it ahead to Burke, who in-turn found Hardaway at the rim for his second dunk of the half, pushing U-M's advantage to 24 (64-40).

The teams exchanged baskets over the next six-and-a-half minutes, before a triple by Burke with 6:21 left in the game triggered a 14-4 U-M run, capped by a field goal from senior guard Eso Akunne (Ann Arbor, Mich./Gabriel Richard) to produce the Wolverines' largest lead of the game, 94-54. U-M pushed its lead back to 42 points, before the clock expired.

Michigan held a 29-23 lead over Slippery Rock with a little less than 13 minutes off the clock in the opening half. It was not until the 7:18 mark that Michigan began to push ahead, when Burke in-bounded the ball and found Hardaway at the rim for a tip-in, sparking an 11-2 U-M run and the Wolverines entered the locker room leading 44-30 at the half.

Hardaway scored 10 of his 12 first-half points in the first eight minutes of play, while Burke and Robinson finished with eight points apiece in the opening stanza.

The Wolverines will return to Crisler on Monday (Nov. 12) when they host IUPUI for the first game of the NIT Season Tip-Off. The gamewill start at 9 p.m. and be televised on ESPNU.

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