Dec. 17, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: #20 Michigan 87, Alabama A&M 57
Records: U-M (9-2), Alabama A&M (2-4)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Dec. 22 -- vs. Bradley (Crisler Arena), 6:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore forward Evan Smotrycz (Reading, Mass./New Hampton Prep [N.H.]) recorded his first career double-double (17 points, 11 rebounds), lifting the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 20 AP/No. 18 ESPN/USA Today) to a 87-57 triumph over Alabama A&M on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 17) inside Crisler Arena. The Wolverines shot a season-high 55 percent (30-of-55) from the floor for the game, including 46 percent (10-of-22) from behind the three-point line.
Also posting double-digit scoring efforts for U-M were freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS), with 19 points, and senior guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) and sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior), with 13 points each.
After making just three triples in the first half, Michigan knocked down three straight three-point field goals, from Burke, Novak, and Smotrycz, respectively, to help construct a 15-2 run out of the break. A jumper by Hardaway at the 15:36 mark capped the run and gave U-M a 27-point edge.
The Wolverines used another 11-0 run in the second half to earn their largest lead over an opponent this season, 78-44, after junior guard Matt Vogrich (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) found Smotrycz behind the arc for another three-pointer. Michigan maintained its commanding lead throughout the remainder of the matchup to record its largest margin of victory this season -- 30 points.
Alabama A&M recorded the game's first basket within the opening minute of the game to give the Bulldogs a quick 2-0 lead over the Wolverines, but U-M responded by going on a 13-0 run over the next three and a half minutes. The run was ignited by back-to-back three-point field goals from Burke and Smotrycz, respectively.
Then at the 12:39 mark, Burke found Hardaway for a slam, starting an 8-0 run for the Maize and Blue. Novak capped the run with a fastbreak dunk of his own, putting Michigan ahead, 22-9.
With 7:42 left in the first half, U-M pushed its lead to 16 after an old-fashioned three-point play by Burke. The teams exchanged baskets the remainder of the half and the Wolverines entered the locker room with the 41-27 lead.
The Wolverines will return to the hardwood on Thursday (Dec. 22) when they host Bradley inside Crisler Arena. Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be televised live on Big Ten Network.
Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423
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