Dec. 29, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: # 2 Michigan 88, Central Michigan 73
Records: U-M (13-0), CMU (7-6)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Jan. 3 -- at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.), 6 p.m. CST (TV: ESPN2)
Postgame Feature: Michigan Completes Non-Conference Season UndefeatedANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore guard Trey Burke's (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) second double-double of the season helped the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 2 AP/No. 2 ESPN/USA Today) close out its non-conference schedule with a 88-73 win against Central Michigan on Saturday night (Dec. 29) inside Crisler Center. It marks the first time a U-M team has remained undefeated through non-conference play since the 1985-86 season.
Burke recorded a game-high 22 points on 9-for-12 shooting and matched his career-high with 11 assists. He scored 17 of his points in the first half, while freshman guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) tallied just two points in the first 20 minutes and erupted for 17 points in the second half to finish with 19 overall. Stauskas drained all five of his career-high tying five threes in the second half.
Freshman forward Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) finished one point shy of his career high with 20 points, hitting a career-best nine field goals (9-for-13). In his first career start, freshman guard Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) notched a career-high nine points and five assists in 32 minutes.
The opening four minutes of the game featured frequent scoring from both sides. Despite an early 9-2 Michigan lead, led by back-to-back dunks by Robinson, Central Michigan remained close, pulling within two points, 12-10, at the 16:27 mark. Michigan then used a 6-0 run to increase its advantage and force the Chippewas to call a timeout with 15:34 remaining in the first half.
The two teams exchanged baskets before a 12-3 run over a six-minute span, capped by consecutive buckets by LeVert, produced a 17-point lead for the Maize and Blue by the 7:01 mark. The Wolverines pushed their lead to as many as 19 points on two occasions and after trading field goals, held a 17-point advantage, 46-29, at halftime.
Burke led the way in the first half with 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting, while Robinson added 10 and LeVert scored a career-high nine points in the opening 20 minutes.
Michigan converted 20-of-35 (57 percent) of its attempts from the floor, while holding Central Michigan to just 11-of-32 (34 percent) shooting in the opening stanza.
The Wolverines came out firing after the break, constructing a 12-2 run, compliments of three triples from Stauskas, to take their largest lead of the night, 58-33, at the 16:07 mark.
Michigan maintained at least an 18-point advantage until the under four-minute media timeout. In the final three minutes, Central Michigan outscored U-M 7-4, coming only as close as 15 points by the final buzzer.
The Wolverines scored 20 points off CMU's 15 turnovers, while committing just three turnovers of their own.
The Wolverines will travel to Evanston, Ill. to begin Big Ten Conference play at Northwestern on Thursday, Jan. 3. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. CST and the game will be televised on ESPN2.
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