Dec. 4, 2012
Postgame Video: Highlights | Press Conference (fee) | Player Reaction
Postgame Audio: Mitch McGary | Trey Burke | Beilein Radio | Beilein Presser
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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #3 Michigan 73, Western Michigan 41
Records: U-M (8-0), Western Michigan (6-2)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Dec. 8 -- vs. Arkansas (Crisler Center), Noon (TV: CBS)
Postgame Feature: Five Freshmen Making an Impact for Wolverines
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 3 AP/No. 3 ESPN/USA Today) trounced Western Michigan, 73-41, behind three double-digit scoring performances on Tuesday (Dec. 4) inside Crisler Center. Sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) scored a game-high 20 points, while freshman guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) and freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesteron, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Michigan shot 29-of-58 (50 percent) from the floor while holding Western Michigan to just 13-of-45 (29 percent) from the floor and 2-of-17 (12 percent) from behind the arc in the game. Eighteen of U-M's 29 baskets were assisted, and 36 of its 73 points were scored in the paint.
Leading, 38-26, four minutes into the second half, McGary and Burke threw down back-to-back dunks to start a 13-2 run for Michigan. Staukas continued the run with a triple, before freshman guard Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) and Burke scored on consecutive old-fashioned three-point plays. Western Michigan responded with a 6-0 run of its own to cut its deficit to 17 (51-34) at the 10:43 mark, but U-M scored 10 straight to produce a 61-34 advantage with seven minutes remaining.
Then, with just under five minutes to play, the Wolverines took a 30-point lead off a three-pointer by junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior). Burke and senior guard Matt Vogrich (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) followed Hardaway's lead, knocking down triples of their own to extend U-M's advantage to its largest of the game, 73-36, and skated to victory.
Seven minutes into the game, each team had only registered nine points. The slow start ended when Robinson passed it off to Hardaway for a one-handed slam. Stauskas picked up a steal on the other end and followed it up with two makes at the free throw line to put the Wolverines up, 12-9, at the 12:16 mark.
Western Michigan answered with a bucket, but Michigan then went on a 6-0 run, forcing the Broncos to call a timeout. After an exchange of baskets by both teams, Hardaway put together an old-fashioned three-point play, igniting another 15-2 run, holding WMU scoreless for 4:31 in the process, to give U-M the 35-17 advantage with 1:45 remaining in the opening half. After back-to-back triples by freshman guard Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) and Stauskas, Hardaway found McGary in the lane for a layup to cap the run.
The Broncos scored two baskets down the stretch to cut Michigan's lead to 14 (35-21) at the half. U-M shot 14-of-28 (50 percent) from the floor in the half and forced WMU into 13 turnovers, off which the home side scored 17 points.
The Wolverines will return to the hardwood on Saturday (Dec. 8), looking to improve to 9-0 as they host Arkansas. Tipoff is slated for noon and the game will be televised on CBS.
Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423