Defense Pushes Michigan Past No. 8 Memphis in Maui Opener
Trey Burke

Nov. 21, 2011

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Site: Lahaina, Hawaii (Lahaina Civic Center)
Event: 2011 EA Sports Maui Invitational
Score: #15 Michigan 73, #8 Memphis 61
Records: U-M (4-0), Memphis (1-1)
Next U-M Game: Tuesday, Nov. 22 -- vs. Duke - Maui Invitational (Lahaina, Hawaii), 2 p.m. HST (7 p.m. EST)

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 15 AP/No. 15 USA Today) advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 EA Sports Maui Invitational with a 73-61 win over Memphis (No. 8 AP/No. 8 USA Today) on Monday morning (Nov. 21) at the Lahaina Civic Center.

Sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) registered a season-high 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead the U-M offense. Freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland) scored a career-high 14 points and added three assists and two rebounds.

The Michigan defense limited the Tigers to 33 percent (19-of-57) shooting, including 19 percent (4-of-21) from behind the arc. Simultaneously, the Wolverines shot 54 percent (27-of-50) from the field, including 70 percent (21-of 30) on two-point field goals. Overall, 10 different Wolverines contributed to Michigan's highest scoring game all season.

The Wolverines jumped out to a quick 18-9 lead behind nine points from Hardaway. However, Memphis used a 10-2 run to cut the U-M deficit and later went on a 6-0 run to take a 31-27 lead with 3:02 remaining, its largest lead of the half. After the final media timeout, Burke followed a three-pointer by senior guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) with five consecutive points of his own, and Hardaway hit a mid-range jumper to cap a 10-0 run and give Michigan a 37-31 halftime lead.

Memphis came out of the break with a quick dunk, but junior/sophomore forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) quickly responded with a put-back layup of his own. With U-M holding a nine-point lead, junior guard Eso Akunne (Ann Arbor, Mich./Father Gabriel Richard) came off the bench and hit his first three-pointer of the season to give the Wolverines their first double-digit lead of the game, 53-41 with 12:28 remaining.

The Tigers began to chip away at the lead, closing the gap to within nine at several points, but Michigan's defense proved to be too tough, forcing the Tigers into six turnovers in the second half. Following a timeout after a 7-2 Memphis run, the Wolverines went on a 7-0 run of their own, highlighted by a three-pointer by sophomore forward Evan Smotrycz (Reading, Mass./New Hampton Prep [N.H.]). A slam by sophomore forward Jon Horford (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge) with 1:04 left gave the Wolverines a 73-59 lead, sealing the win for U-M.

The Wolverines continue their Maui Invitational on Tuesday (Nov. 22), as they face No. 6 Duke at 2 p.m. HST on ESPN.

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