Wolverines Roll Past EMU Behind McGary's Double-Double
Leading by as many as 41 points in the game, the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 2 AP/No. 2 ESPN/USA Today) used double-digit runs in both halves to break away from Eastern Michigan and secure a 93-54 win on Thursday night (Dec. 20) inside Crisler Center. The Wolverines had a balanced scoring attack, with five players recording double digits in the game.
Freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, while junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) scored a game-high 17 points and dished out a career-high seven assists. Also contributing in double digits were freshman guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) with 16 points, freshman guard Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) with 13, and sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) with 11.
Michigan shot an 35-of-69 (51 percent) from the floor, including 12-of-24 (50 percent) from behind the arc in the game, while holding Eastern Michigan to 22-of-62 (36 percent) from the field. Twenty-six of U-M's 35 baskets were assisted, and 18 of its points were scored off the Eagles' 18 turnovers. The Wolverines also held the advantage on the boards, outrebounding the Eagles 44-30.
With the scored tied, 6-6, just under five minutes into the game, a basket by Burke started a 21-2 run, giving the Wolverines a 17-point advantage with 10:21 left in the opening half. U-M held Eastern Michigan scoreless for 7:39 and forced them into five turnovers in the process.
The teams then exchanged baskets over the next five and a half minutes until back-to-back jumpers by Burke extended Michigan's lead to 20, 37-17, at the 4:07 mark. The Wolverines pushed their advantage to 21 after a triple by Stauskas, but the Eagles scored five-straight points down the stretch to make the score 40-24 at the half.
The first five minutes of the second half featured even play until Robinson scored on an old-fashioned three-point play at the 14:20 mark to give Michigan the 20-point advantage (52-32) once again. Then McGary stepped up, nailing back-to-back baskets before the teams exchanged baskets for the next eight minutes of the game.
Then, at the 5:41 mark, a triple by Robinson started a 17-5 U-M run throughout the remainder of the game. After another three-point field goal by Stauskas and a fastbreak one-handed slam by Hardaway, freshman guard Spike Albrecht (Crown Point, Ind./Northfield Mount Hermon Prep [Mass.]) and senior guard Eso Akunne (Ann Arbor, Mich./Gabriel Richard) drained two more three pointers for Michigan. The Eagles got the last bucket of the game after being held scoreless for over four minutes, but U-M came away with the lopsided 39-point victory.
The Wolverines will return to Crisler on Saturday, Dec. 29, when they host Central Michigan in their last game before opening up Big Ten play. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.