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December 11, 2012Michigan actually trailed Binghamton, a 38.5-point underdog, at the 12:48 mark of a 67-39 win, shooting poorly early after sophomore point guard Trey Burke opened the scoring with a triple. It wouldn't last. The Wolverines scored 12 points off Bearcats turnovers (10), started taking better care of the ball and made enough shots to pull away.
The looks were there throughout, mostly from long range. Junior Tim Hardaway had several but made only one of six triples. Burke and frosh Nik Stauskas made two-of-three and two-of-five, respectively, part of a 5-for-15 effort. Burke's last one, from the top of the key just before the half, gave the Wolverines their biggest lead of the half, a 34-14 advantage.
Binghamton was as advertised - not very good. The Bearcats took 11 of ther 22 shots from behind the arc and made only two. They didn't have ballhandlers to dish, finishing with only three first half assists, and chucked up bad shots, at times with the shot clock winding down.
U-M, meanwhile, got a boost from freshman Caris LeVert, who provided solid defense and three assists on nice drives and dishes after working his way into the paint. Freshman Mitch McGary was active on defense in the passing lanes in eight minutes and redshirt sophomore Jon Horford provided two steals, two rebounds and a finish in his six.
Burke led Michigan with 10 points in the half, Hardaway six, Glenn Robinson III added six and four rebounds and Stauskas also scored six.
Binghamton hit a triple to open the second half scoring following a Stauskas missed three, but that's as close as the Bearcats would get. Stauskas and Burke sandwiched triples around a Morgan finish, and Hardaway hit a triple to balloon the lead to 47-19 at 15:30.
The Wolverines did a poor job guarding the perimeter, however, leading to clean Bearcats looks and makes from three-point range - three of them, the last capping an 8-0 run that brought them within 20. Stauskas ended the run with a triple of his own. Burke added some typical drives with tough finishes and Michigan continued to pull away.
Hardaway continued to struggled with his shot, standing 3-for-11 (2-for-7) at one point. Albrecht replaced Burke and ran the offense well in his few minutes on the floor, and McGary continued to work the glass. Hardaway found Horford on a pick and roll and Burke notched a steal and finish to give Michigan a 62-31 lead, its biggest margin, at 5:00.
An Albrecht triple from the top highlighted the last four minutes.
Burke finished with 19 to lead the Wolverines, arguably the only Wolverine who brought his 'A' game, while Stauskas added 12 on four-of-eight three-point shooting. McGary hauled down eight rebounds in Michigan's 10th win without a loss. U-M shot 44.3 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from three-point range.