Nov. 11, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 59, Ferris State 33
Records: U-M (1-0), Ferris State (0-1)
Next U-M Event: Monday, Nov. 14 -- vs. Towson (Crisler Arena), 8:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 18 AP/No. 18 USA Today) team used a 24-3 second-half run to put away Ferris State, 59-33, on Friday night (Nov. 11) inside Crisler Arena.
Senior guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) and sophomore forward Evan Smotrycz (Reading, Mass./New Hampton Prep [N.H.]) each had 14 points to lead the Wolverines, while sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) added 12 points to round out the double-digit scorers.
After coming up empty the first three possessions of the game, the Wolverines finally found a rhythm when Hardaway and Douglass nailed back-to-back three-point field goals. Smotrycz followed their lead, knocking down one of his own at the 16:13 mark to start an 11-2 run for the Wolverines.
With Michigan holding a 17-8 lead, Ferris State went on a 6-0 run, before U-M responded with a bucket by Smotrycz at the 5:33 mark as the Wolverines entered the half with the 22-16 lead.
Ferris State opened up the second frame with consecutive baskets to get within one, but Hardaway and Smotrycz provided an offensive spark again, scoring back-to-back three-pointers to start a 13-2 Wolverine run. Ahead 35-23, U-M faced another surge from the Bulldogs to cut the lead to five.
Finally, at the 9:56 mark, the Maize and Blue took over with a 24-3 run to secure the win. Douglass and Smotrycz sparked the run with back-to-back triples. The highlight of the run came at the 4:35 mark, when Smotrycz was fouled on a reverse layup and sunk the subsequent free throw to complete the three-point play. Redshirt sophomore forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) also contributed to the run with back-to-back baskets.
Michigan returns to action next Monday night (Nov. 14) in a doubleheader with the U-M women's basketball team. Following the women's 6 p.m. matchup with Florida Atlantic, the men will host Towson in the "Maui on the Mainland" portion of the EA Sports Maui Invitational at Crisler Arena. Tipoff is slated for 8:30 p.m. and the game can be seen live on ESPN3.com.
Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423