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November 5, 2012

Instant Recap: Michigan 76, SVSU 48

Michigan sophomore guard Trey Burke didn't show any signs of rust coming off a one-game suspension, scoring 10 first half points in 12 minutes on his way to 16, dishing six first half assists and finishing with eight in only 21 minutes. The Wolverines shot the long ball well again in showing their offensive potential in a 76-48 win over Saginaw Valley State.

Five different Wolverines hit triples in the first half, led by freshman Glenn Robinson III (2-4, 12 points) and Burke (2-4). U-M turned it over only four times and scored 11 points off Saginaw Valley turnovers, outrebounding the smaller Cardinals 19-7. Freshman big man Mitch McGary grabbed five, but left with four minutes remaining in the first half with three fouls.

Fellow frosh Nik Stauskas missed his first two triples but scored on a nice drive and righty finish from the left side, using the high glass, and hit a triple for five first half points. Senior forward Blake McLimans hit his only triple in three minutes of action as part of a 7-for-15 showing for the Wolverines.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored three points, making his only triple attempt - he started with Robinson, Jordan Morgan (four points, four rebounds in the half), Burke and Matt Vogrich (two points, two rebounds).

Second Half

Michigan started quickly with two free throws from Burke following a strong take, a steal and alley-oop from Hardaway to Robinson and a triple from Vogrich on a dish from Burke. It was 50-24 at 16:02.

McGary enjoyed a strong, five-minute stretch in which he scored inside, grabbed two rebounds and swatted a shot at the other end. SVSU caught fire with a few contested triples, but the Wolverines still led 60-30 at 10:48. McGary notched a steal and a one-handed jam and grabbed another rebound to extend his solid stretch, followed by another Robinson triple from the corner.

Beilein continued to experiment with different combinations, including McGary and Morgan on the floor at the same time regularly. U-M cooled from the floor while Saginaw Valley continued to shoot well from long range, cutting it to 66-41 with a triple at 4:25. Stauskas answered with his second triple, and Vogrich added another to keep Michigan comfortably ahead.

SVSU made only eight two-point baskets but was 10-for-20 from long range.

The downside - the Wolverines finished only 7-of-14 from the free throw line. McGary and fellow frosh Caris LeVert were a combined 0-for-5. The Wolverines finished with 23 assists to only seven turnovers, however, in sharing the wealth.

Robinson led the scoring with 17, while Stauskas and Vogrich each had eight and Morgan seven. U-M shot 56.9 percent from the floor, 40.7 percent from three-point range.

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