Dec. 11, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #3 Michigan 67, Binghamton 39
Records: U-M (10-0), Binghamton (2-9)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Dec. 15 -- vs. West Virginia - Brooklyn Winter Hoops Festival (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 8 p.m. (TV: ESPN)
Postgame Feature: Wolverines Feed Off Energy from Maize Rage Student Section
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 3 AP, No. 3 ESPN/USA Today) used a 19-2 run midway through the first half to gain separation before going on to defeat the Binghamton Bearcats, 67-39, Tuesday (Dec. 11) at Crisler Center Michigan outscored Binghamton in the paint (32-16) and off turnovers (17-5) and knocked down 10 three-pointers on its way to the win.
Sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) led the Wolverines with 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting and dished out five assists, while freshman guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) tallied 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from three-point range. Freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) added a career-high 10 rebounds to complement his six points.
Burke opened the scoring for the Wolverines with a three-point basket as the shot clock wound down on their second possession. The Bearcats remained close to Michigan for the first 10 minutes of the game and claimed a two-point lead midway through the first half. However, moments later junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) converted on a three-point play to spark a 19-2 Maize and Blue run. Michigan finished the first half strong, taking a 20-point lead into the locker room, 34-14.
The Wolverines held Binghamton to just 14 points in the first half, tying a season low for Michigan opponents. The Bearcats shot 27 percent (6-of-22) from the field, while U-M converted 48 percent (13-of-27) of its attempts.
Michigan continued its offensive momentum in the second half, tallying five quick field goals, including one three-pointer apiece from Burke, Hardaway and Stauskas. The Wolverines continued using a balanced scoring attack to maintain their lead, with eight different players garnering points in the second half. U-M ultimately claimed its largest lead of the contest, 31 points, near the five-minute mark before closing out the Bearcats for a 28-point victory.
The Wolverines will travel to Brooklyn, N.Y., on Saturday (Dec. 15) to take on West Virginia in the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival at the Barclays Center. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPN.
Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423
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