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December 15, 2012

Michigan trounces West Virginia, improves to 11-0

Freshman shooting guard Nik Stauskas was human from long range, going 2-for-7 (with six turnovers to only one assist). West Virginia went through stretches in which it shot lights out. Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., however, propelled Michigan to a fast start in a game it controlled start to finish, resulting in an 81-66 win and an 11-0 record.

The Wolverines will likely move to No. 2 in the country behind Duke following No. 1 Indiana's overtime loss to Butler.

Box Score

With 9:35 remaining, Burke had already notched 25 points on 12 of 15 field goals. He finished with 27, eight assists and three steals against no turnovers in shooting 12-for-16 from the floor. Burke scored on an array of jumpers, long range and mid-range, got to the hole and might have had a double double had his teammates shot to their ability.

As it turned out, they provided more than enough. The Wolverines rushed out to a 19-4 lead at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, led by as many as 18 and weathered a late WVU run to improve to 11-0 for the first time since the 1988-89 National Championship season.

Hardaway added 25 points on four of eight three-point shooting and grabbed four rebounds. Stauskas added 10 points, Jordan Morgan and Glenn Robinson III eight each (Robinson seven rebounds) in the win.

Michigan led 43-32 at halftime and started the second half by shooting 9-for-16 from the floor, quickly pulling away. The Wolverines went ahead 54-36 on a Burke finish at 17 minutes, but the Mountaineers cut it to 71-64 with 4:30 remaining before Michigan pulled away.

U-M big man Jon Horford left in the first half with what was later reported to be a dislocated kneecap, one he popped back into place. The same injury kept him out a few weeks earlier this year.

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