Nov. 23, 2011
Site: Lahaina, Hawaii (Lahaina Civic Center)
Event: 2011 EA Sports Maui Invitational
Score: #15 Michigan 79, UCLA 63
Records: U-M (5-1), UCLA (1-4)
Next U-M Game: Tuesday, Nov. 29 -- at Virginia (Charlottesville, Va.), 7 p.m.
LAHAINA, Hawaii -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 15 AP/No. 15 USA Today) secured third place in the 2011 EA Sports Maui Invitational with a 79-63 win over UCLA on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 23) at the Lahaina Civic Center.
Senior guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) led the Wolverine effort with a career-high 22 points on 7-of-8 shooting, going 4-for-5 from behind the arc. Sophomore forward Jon Horford (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge) also recorded career bests in points with 12 and minutes played with 19, and added seven rebounds and three blocks. Sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) had his second 20-point effort of the tournament with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting.
The first four minutes of the opening half featured the only two lead changes of the game. U-M trailed, 8-6, at the 15:54 mark, with Hardaway tallying the Wolverines' first four points. However, U-M took the lead for good with a 13-0 run that produced a 19-8 lead with 11:01 remaining as Horford contributed six points during the stretch.
The Bruins pulled within three, 26-23, with 5:21 to play in the first stanza, but Michigan quickly regained its double-digit lead. The Wolverines owned a 10-point advantage with just seconds remaining in the half, but a three-pointer by UCLA's Jerime Anderson at the buzzer sent U-M to the locker room up, 38-31.
With two quick baskets from Novak, U-M scored six of the first eight points of the second half to regain a double-digit lead, 44-33, at the 17:20 mark. UCLA fired right back with six unanswered points in the next minute and a half to cut Michigan's lead to five, 44-39.
UCLA kept Michigan's lead at fewer than 10 until the 9:37 mark when senior guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) knocked down a three-pointer to put the Wolverines up, 58-47. U-M held on to that double-digit lead for the remainder of the game and led by as much as 20 when Novak hit his fourth triple.
The Wolverines will conclude their four-game road stand when they travel to Charlottesville, Va., to take on Virginia in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday (Nov. 29) at 7 p.m. The game can be seen live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.
Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423