No. 5 Michigan hits the century mark for the first time since 2007 in 100-62 win over Slippery Rock
ANN ARBOR -- Trey Burke didn't have his best stuff early.
But Tim Hardaway Jr. sure did.
Hardaway had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and joined the 1,000-point club in the process, as No. 5 Michigan opened its regular season with a convincing 100-61 win over Division II Slippery Rock at Crisler Center.
Hardaway topped 1,000 points on a 3-pointer early in the second half, becoming the 46th player in Michigan history to accomplish that feat.
The Michigan junior guard went 8-for-10 from the floor and 5-for-5 from 3-point range on the night, earning his fourth career double-double.
Burke, meanwhile, shook off a slow first half to finish with 21 points and 8 assists. He also had 5 turnovers.
For the Wolverines, Friday's game marked the first time since 2007 that Michigan has scored 100 points.
-- Hardaway was fantastic in the first half, about the only Michigan player that could stay that for an extended stretch. He finished the first with 12 points and 7 rebounds, was aggressive on the defensive glass and showed a much-improved ability to handle the ball in transition. Nice sign for him.
-- Jon Horford made his season debut after missing the two exhibition games with a tweaked knee. He received a nice ovation from the crowd when he checked in, seeing his first game action in roughly a calendar year. He quickly scored four points and drew a charge and gave Michigan very good minutes off the bench in the first half.
-- Michigan's 3-point shooting was absolutely on the money Friday. The Wolverines went 12-for-19 from behind the line. Hardaway did most of the damage, going 5-for-5.
-- Jordan Morgan and Mitch McGary were a non-factor in the first half, both picking up two quick fouls and sitting most of the frame on the bench. McGary looked lost a few times on defense, and paid the price for it. McGary did bounce back in the second half, though, finishing with 9 points and 9 rebounds.
-- Rebounding was a big positive for Michigan in its two exhibition wins, but not so much against Slippery Rock. The Rock grabbed 8 offensive rebounds in the first half, and stayed in the game for a bit because of it.
-- Burke did not have his best stuff in the first half, starting the game 3-for-10 from the floor. He had 8 points, 4 assists and 4 turnovers over the first 20 minutes.
ISSUE OF THE DAY: FINAL VERDICT
-- Michigan toyed around with Slippery Rock for the game's first 10 minutes, leading by just three at about the halfway point of the first half. The Wolverines stretched their legs and eventually took care of Slippery Rock -- the way a top 10 team should.
-- The Wolverines had their issues rebounding and getting back on defense at times, but 100 points? How encouraged are you with that?