Nov. 14, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: #17 Michigan 64, Towson 47
Records: U-M (2-0), Towson (0-2)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Nov. 17 -- vs. Western Illinois (Crisler Arena), 8:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In its "Maui on the Mainland" game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational, the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 17 AP/No. 17 USA Today) defeated Towson, 64-47, Monday night (Nov. 14) inside Crisler Arena.
Sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) led the team in scoring with 15 points, while sophomore forward Evan Smotrycz (Reading, Mass./New Hampton Prep [N.H.]) and freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) each chipped in 13 points apiece to round out the double-digit scorers.
Michigan held Towson scoreless and forced seven turnovers for the first 9:26 of the game, going on a 21-0 run to open the contest. After Hardaway knocked down the first basket of the game, Burke got the team off to a quick 8-0 lead at the 17:32 mark with back-to-back three-point field goals.
Later in the run, another three-pointer by Hardaway was sandwiched by offensive rebounds and put-backs from redshirt sophomore forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) and sophomore forward Jon Horford (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge) to give U-M a 17-0 lead. Then, senior guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) found a wide-open Smotrycz under the basket for a layup. On the next possession, Hardaway and senior guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) duplicated the play to cap the run.
At the 5:14 mark, Hardaway capitalized on a Smotrycz steal, knocking down a three to give U-M the 21-point lead again at 30-9. A few possessions later, Hardaway returned the favor with a pass to Smotrycz underneath the basket for a layup. Then in transition defense, Burke forced a turnover, tipping the ball back to Douglass, who in turn dished it to Hardaway for a fastbreak dunk as Michigan entered the locker room with a 37-16 lead.
The teams exchanged baskets for the majority of the second half, with the Wolverines holding a 27-point lead on three different occasions. For the game, U-M forced Towson into 27 turnovers, which the Wolverines converted into 31 points on the offensive end.
Michigan returns to action next Thursday night (Nov. 17) in another doubleheader with the U-M women's basketball team. The men will host Western Illinois at 8:30 p.m., following the women's 6 p.m. game against Utah. The men's game will be streamed live on ESPN3.com.
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