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November 13, 2012

Instant Analysis: Michigan over CSU

The Wolverines left no doubt from the jump, in their 77-47 blowout win over Cleveland State. They shot 64.3 percent in the first half, compared to 22.2 percent for CSU. Even without the benefit of a strong three-point effort (2-for-8), Michigan dominated on the boards (24-8) and on the scoreboard.

Michigan opened the game with an 8-0 flourish, freshman point guard Trey Burke and junior guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. igniting the action on drives to the basket. Cleveland State turnovers fueled the early run, and the Wolverines stretched the lead to 19-9 on freshman Glenn Robinson III's slam dunk off a Burke feed at the 12-minute mark.

Cleveland State hit an extended scoring drought, allowing the Wolverines to begin running away with it just past the midway point of the first half. A pair of buckets by freshman forward Mitch McGary made it 28-12 with 7:35 remaining in the half.

The Wolverines finished the half on a 23-5 run, grabbing a commanding 42-14 edge. Michigan spread the points around in the opening 20 minutes, with Hardaway accounting for 10, Burke nine and McGary six, to go with six first-half rebounds.

Second Half

Cleveland State picked it up a bit in the second half, pulling with 24, 51-27, with 15:30 remaining in the game. At that point, freshman guard Nik Stauskas began heating up. He hit a pair of threes on his way to pushing the lead to 61-30 Michigan at the 11:49 mark of the second half.

CSU never mounted anything resembling a serious challenge in the second half, Michigan's edge staying in the 30-point range for most of the final 10 minutes.

Hardaway wound up leading the way among three Wolverines scoring in double figures. He tallied 17 points, six rebounds and four assists. Stauskas finished with 15 points and five rebounds, while Burke notched 12 points, three rebounds and seven assists.


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