No. 2 Michigan puts 5 players in double figures, clobbers Eastern Michigan, 93-54
ANN ARBOR -- Michigan allowed Eastern Michigan to feel good about itself for about a minute Thursday.
The Eagles were lucky it lasted that long.
No. 2 Michigan ripped off a 20-0 first-half run to put the game away before most people found their seat at a sold out Crisler Center, stomping EMU 93-54 to improve to 12-0 on the season.
Michigan's 12-0 record is the second-best start in school history, only eclipsed by the 1985-86 Wolverines' 16-0 run to open the season. The 39-point win was the largest margin of victory for Michigan this season.
EMU led the game 6-2 after a a minute of play, but the Wolverines rattled off 20 straight to push their lead to as many as 21 points before the break. The lead swelled as high as 27 after halftime and once Tim Hardaway Jr. threw down a mammoth one-handed slam in transition, Michigan had its largest lead of the game at 31 points -- and the finishing touches on its 12th straight win.
The lead eventually grew to as many as 41 points.
Hardaway finished with 17 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds to pace the Wolverines, while Nik Stauskas added 16 points. Trey Burke finished with 11 points and 8 assists.
Mitch McGary, meanwhile, recorded his first career double-double -- finishing with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Glenn Robinson III was the fifth player in double figures for Michigan, finishing with 11 points.
-- Make it two straight top-notch games for Tim Hardaway Jr., he did just about everything Thursday night. Trey Burke wasn't so bad either, adding to his Big Ten assist lead with 8 dimes. Michigan finished with 26 assists as a team, a season-high.
-- Stauskas bounced back from a rather rough outing against West Virginia on Saturday and was dead on during the first half, going 3 of 4 from behind the 3-point line. He only had one hiccup -- a failed behind-the-back pass that didn't exactly thrill coach John Beilein. He finished 5 of 8 from behind the 3-point line, tying a career-high.
-- Mitch McGary wasn't great in the first half, but really had his motor going in the second half -- playing with energy and effort, and finishing around the rim. He finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, his first career double-double.
-- Jon Horford, Michigan's injured 6-foot-10 sophomore forward, sat on the bench in street clothes -- but did not have any knee brace on, and wasn't using crutches to get around. That has to be a positive sign for Michigan.
-- Michigan didn't have its most efficient shooting half through the first 20 minutes, blowing a few layups and getting six shots blocked inside -- finishing 16 of 36 from the floor before the half. Michigan has to be stronger, at times, around the basket.
-- Not much else, Michigan flexed its muscles against EMU basically all evening long. The Eagles never really had a shot.
ISSUE OF THE DAY: FINAL VERDICT
-- Michigan said before the game that the longer this winning streak goes, the more pressure the team puts on itself to see how long it can stay unbeaten. Michigan's got one non-conference game left, vs. Central Michigan on Dec. 29, to make it a perfect 13-0 in non-league play. And, at 12-0, they've accomplished something the 1989 national title team never did.
What was more encouraging in this one, Nik Stauskas' bounce-back game, or Mitch McGary's first double-double?
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