Nov. 13, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #5 Michigan 77, Cleveland State 47
Records: U-M (3-0), CSU (2-1)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Nov. 21 -- vs. Pittsburgh - NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals (New York, N.Y.), 9:30 p.m. (TV: ESPN2)
Postgame Feature: The Road to the Big Apple
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 5 AP/No. 5 ESPN/USA Today) held Cleveland State to 14 first-half points in a 77-47 victory in the second game of the NIT Season Tip-Off North Regional on Tuesday night (Nov. 13) inside Crisler Center.
Michigan now advances to the semifinals to face Pittsburgh at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Ten Wolverines contributed to the point total in tonight's victory, including double-digit scoring efforts by junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior), freshman guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) and sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) with 17, 15 and 12 points, respectively.
Michigan shot 30-of-59 (51 percent) from the floor while holding Cleveland State to just 17-of-56 (30 percent) in the game. The Wolverines scored 40 points in the paint and held the Vikings to just 14. U-M also held the rebounding advantage, 45-28.
The Wolverines started 4-for-4 in an 8-0 run, capped by a dunk from redshirt junior forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) at the 16:25 mark.
The Vikings responded with a three-point field goal, before freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesteron, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) stole the ball with 13 minutes on the clock and fed Stauskas for a layup, sparking a 6-0 U-M run. After a basket by Burke, he found freshman guard Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) on the next possession for a two-handed dunk, giving Michigan a 19-9 advantage.
Following a 3:52 field goal drought by both teams, the Wolverines used an 18-2 run over the remainder of the first half to extend the lead to 28 points halftime. Michigan kept the Vikings scoreless for the final 5:22 of the half and held them to just 6-of-27 (22 percent) shooting in the first 20 minutes. On the other side of the floor, eight players scored in the half, including 10 points from Hardaway.
Stauskas scored 11 of Michigan's 17 points during the first six minutes of the second half, including three triples, as U-M took a 59-30 lead and cruised to victory.
Tipoff and broadcast information for Michigan's semifinal matchup on Wednesday, Nov. 21, is will be announced later in the week.
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