Dec. 17, 2011
With the win, Michigan improves to 9-2 for the season. The Wolverines are still undefeated (6-0) at Crisler Arena this season.
Saturday's matchup was the first-ever meeting between Michigan and Alabama A&M.
Evan Smotrycz registered 17 points on 4-of-5 (80 percent) shooting, including a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range, and 6-of-7 (86 percent) from the free throw line. Smotrcyz also grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds to lead the Wolverines with the team's first double-double of the season, and the first of his career. Smotrycz added an assist and tied a career high with three steals.
Trey Burke scored a game-high 19 points on 6-of-10 (60 percent) shooting, including perfect marks from long range (3-of-3) and the free throw line (4-of-4). Burke has scored double-digit points in all but one game as a starter. Burke added a team-high four assists, as well as three rebounds in the victory.
With his reverse layup in the second half, Carlton Brundidge registered his first career field goal.
Eso Akunne tied his career high with five points, making both his field goal attempts, including one from behind the arc.
Michigan shot a season-high 55 percent (30-of-55) from the field; 48 percent (15-of-31) in the first half, and 63 percent (15-of-24) in the second half. U-M shot 46 percent (10-of-22) from three-point range; 27 percent (3-of-11) in the first half, and 64 percent (7-of-11) in the second half.
The Wolverines shot 81 percent (17-of-21) from the free throw line. It is the second time this season U-M shot at least 80 percent from the charity stripe.
Michigan won the rebounding battle 41-30, its highest rebounding total of the season. The last time U-M had at least 40 rebounds was last season against Kansas (Jan. 9, 2011). The Wolverines are now 6-1 this season when they outrebound their opponent.
The Wolverines had 19 assists and turned the ball over 15 times. U-M is 6-1 this season when registering a positive assist/turnover ratio.
U-M's defense forced Alabama A&M into 14 turnovers, leading to 14 points. Michigan is 5-1 this season when it commits more turnovers than its opponent.
Michigan outscored Alabama A&M in points in the paint (30-22) and fast-break points (17-7). The Bulldogs outscored the Wolverines in points off turnovers (22-14) and second-chance points (10-9).
The game featured no ties and just one lead change. Michigan never trailed by more than two, led by as many as 34, and never trailed after Michigan scored its first points on Trey Burke's three-pointer with 18:55 remaining in the first half.
The Wolverines are now 5-0 when wearing white.
For the 10th straight game, Michigan went with the starting lineup of Trey Burke, Zack Novak, Tim Hardaway Jr., Evan Smotrycz and Jordan Morgan. Also, Stu Douglass has now appeared in 113 consecutive games for the Wolverines, having not missed a single game in his career.
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