Dec. 13, 2011
With the win, Michigan improves to 8-2 for the season. The Wolverines are still undefeated (5-0) at Crisler Arena this season.
Tuesday's matchup was the second all-time meeting between Michigan and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. With the victory, the Wolverines improve to 2-0 lifetime against the Golden Lions.
Evan Smotrycz led the Wolverines for the second time this season with 16 points on 4-of-6 (67 percent) shooting, including 3-of-4 (75 percent) from behind the arc, and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line. This was Smotrycz's fifth game in double figures this season. Smotrycz added a team-high eight rebounds and three steals.
Trey Burke posted his eighth double-digit scoring effort of the season with 15 points on 6-of-15 (40 percent) shooting, including 3-of-5 (60 percent) from three-point range. Burke has scored in double figures in all but one game this season. Burke added a season-best six rebounds, a game-high seven assists and a steal.
Coming off the bench, Matt Vogrich scored a season-high 11 points on 4-of-7 (57 percent) shooting, including 3-of-5 (60 percent) from behind the arc. This was Vogrich's third double-digit scoring effort of his career. Vogrich added three rebounds and two steals.
With his five rebounds against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Zack Novak became the 40th man in program history to grab 500 rebounds in his career (504). Novak also added five points and six assists.
Three Wolverines scored in double figures -- Evan Smotrycz (16), Trey Burke (15) and Matt Vogrich (11). Three or more Michigan players have scored double-digit points in all but one game this season.
Michigan shot 44 percent (22-of-50) from the field; 45 percent (13-of-29) in the first half and 43 percent (9-of-29) in the second half. U-M shot 50 percent (13-of-26) from three-point range; 46 percent (6-of-13) in the first half and 54 percent (7-of-13) in the second half.
Michigan's defense held Arkansas-Pine Bluff to 19 percent (5-of-26) shooting in the first half, the lowest mark allowed by the Wolverines in a half this season.
Michigan won the rebounding battle, 36-26. The Wolverines are 5-1 this season when they out-rebound their opponent.
The Wolverines had 17 assists and turned the ball over a season-high 19 times.
U-M's defense forced Arkansas-Pine Bluff into 16 turnovers, leading to 15 points. Michigan is 4-1 this season when it commits more turnovers than its opponent.
Michigan outscored Arkansas-Pine Bluff in points off turnovers (15-10), second-chance points (6-2), and fast-break points (11-2). The Wolverines and the Golden Lions tied in points in the paint (16-16).
The game featured no ties and four lead changes. Michigan never trailed by more than one, led by as many as 25, and never trailed after Evan Smotrycz's three-pointer gave the Wolverines an 8-6 lead with 15:55 remaining in the first half.
The Wolverines are now 4-0 when wearing white.
For the ninth straight game, Michigan went with the starting lineup of Trey Burke, Zack Novak, Tim Hardaway Jr., Evan Smotrycz and Jordan Morgan. Stu Douglass has now appeared in 112 consecutive games for the Wolverines, having not missed a single game in his career.
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