Dec. 13, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: #20 Michigan 63, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 50
Records: U-M (8-2), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-6)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Dec. 17 -- vs. Alabama A&M (Crisler Arena), Noon
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Behind a 19-0 first-half run, the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 20 AP/No. 18 ESPN/USA Today) raced past Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 63-50, on Tuesday night (Dec. 13) inside Crisler Arena. The Wolverines shot 44 percent (22-of-50) from the floor and 50 percent (13-of-26) from behind the arc for the game while holding the Golden Lions to just 19 percent (5-of-26) shooting in the first half.
Sophomore forward Evan Smotrycz (Reading, Mass./New Hampton Prep [N.H.]) led the team in both scoring (16 points) and rebounds (eight). Freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) filled up the stat sheet with 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds, while junior guard Matt Vogrich (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) contributed a season-high 11 points off the bench.
Trailing by one early in the first half, a three-point field goal by Smotrycz at the 15:55 mark began the game-changing run for the Wolverines, during which they held the Golden Lions without a basket for a stretch of nearly nine minutes.
With 12 minutes left to play in the first half, Michigan pushed its lead to 14 points after a fastbreak layup by sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior). Another fastbreak layup by senior guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel), followed by a basket by Vogrich a few plays later, capped the Wolverines' scoring run. The teams exchanged baskets over the remainder of the half, but a three-pointer by Burke as time expired sent Michigan into the locker room with a 20-point edge at the break, 37-17.
The Wolverines continued to knock down three-pointers in the second half, with their first six baskets out of the break coming from behind the arc. Hardaway started the trend with a fastbreak triple at the 18:57 mark, with two consecutive makes by Vogrich and another by Smotrycz following to push Michigan's lead to 25, its largest of the game.
Michigan out-rebounded Arkansas-Pine Bluff by 10 (36-26) but committed a season-high 19 turnovers, allowing the Golden Lions to go on a 14-3 run over the final 5:21 of the game.
The Wolverines will return to floor on Saturday (Dec. 17) when they host Alabama A&M inside Crisler Arena. Tipoff is slated for noon and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
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