Nov. 17, 2011
With the win, Michigan improves to 3-0 on the season.
Thursday's matchup was the first-ever meeting between Michigan and Western Illinois.
Tim Hardaway Jr. led Michigan for the second straight game with 16 points on 6-of-9 (75 percent) shooting, including 1-of-4 (25 percent) from behind the arc. Hardaway added four assists and four rebounds in the win.
Trey Burke scored 14 points on 3-of-8 (38 percent) shooting, with all of his field goals (3-of-4; 75 percent) coming from three-point range. Burke added a team-high five assists, as well as four rebounds and a steal in the victory.
Jordan Morgan led U-M with five rebounds, two defensive and three offensive. Morgan added a season-high 11 points, as well as two steals and a block in the win.
Michigan shot 45 percent (19-of-42) from the field; 45 percent (9-of-20) in the first half, and 46 percent (10-of-22) in the second half. U-M shot 35 percent (7-of-20) from three-point range; 41 percent (5-of-12) in the first half, and 25 percent (2-of-8) in the second half.
Michigan lost the rebounding battle 22-27. It was the first time this season the Wolverines were outrebounded by their opponent.
The Wolverines had 13 assists and turned the ball over 10 times. It was the second time this season U-M registered a positive assist/turnover ratio.
U-M's defense forced Western Illinois into 20 turnovers, leading to 24 points. It was the second consecutive game in which Michigan forced its opponent into 20 or more turnovers. The Wolverines have committed fewer turnovers than their opponent in each game this season.
Michigan outscored Western Illinois in points in the paint (22-18), points off turnovers (24-5), second-chance points (13-10), and fast-break points (2-0).
The game featured six ties and six lead changes. Michigan led by as many as nine and never trailed after Zack Novak's three-pointer gave the Wolverines a 33-30 lead with 17:42 remaining in the second half.
U-M wore its white jerseys for the second time this season.
For the second straight game, Michigan went with the starting lineup of Trey Burke, Zack Novak, Tim Hardaway Jr., Evan Smotrycz and Jordan Morgan. Stu Douglass has now appeared in 105 consecutive games for the Wolverines, having not missed a single game in his career.