Nov. 17, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: #17 Michigan 59, Western Illinois 55
Records: Michigan (3-0), Western Illinois (0-2)
Next U-M Event: Monday, Nov. 21 -- vs. Memphis - Maui Invitational (Lahaina, Hawaii), 10 a.m. HST
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 17 AP/No. 17 USA Today) defeated Western Illinois, 59-55, behind three double-digit scoring performances on Thursday night (Nov. 17) inside Crisler Arena.
Sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) led the scoring with a season-high 16 points while adding four rebounds and four assists. Freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) also scored in double figures, tallying a career-high 14 points and collecting four boards and five assists. Junior/sophomore forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) added 11 points and a team-high five rebounds.
Despite being outshot 45 percent (19-42 FG) to 49 percent (20-41 FG), the Wolverines capitalized on Western Illinois mistakes, outscoring the Fighting Leathernecks, 24-5, off turnovers in a game with six ties and six lead changes.
Hardaway started the Wolverines off strong with an offensive rebound put-back for the first points of the game. From there, the Fighting Leathernecks battled back, taking a lead that Michigan did not surpass until the 12:37 mark when Burke hit a three-point basket in route to an 11-0 run, putting the Maize and Blue up, 18-10. Approaching the six-minute mark, WIU tied the game at 19 to start a basket exchange that lasted for the half with the teams going into the locker room tied at 28 points apiece.
After falling behind a basket to begin the second half, U-M pulled even before taking the lead for good on a three-pointer by senior guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) with 17:42 remaining. The Maize and Blue pushed its advantage to nine -- the biggest lead of the game -- on a three-pointer by Hardaway with 5:10 to go. However, the resilient Leathernecks narrowed the Michigan lead to as little as four points before the final buzzer.
The Wolverines leave Friday (Nov. 18) for Maui, Hawaii, where they will participate in the 28th annual EA Sports Maui Invitational Tournament from Nov. 21-23 in the Lahaina Civic Center, beginning with a matchup against Memphis on Monday (Nov. 21) at 10 a.m. HST on ESPN2.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423