Michi­gan rocks East­ern Michi­gan, con­tin­ues to roll in non­con­fer­ence

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS -

Tim Har­d­away Jr. had 17 points and a ca­reer-high seven as­sists to help No. 2 Michi­gan rout East­ern Michi­gan 93-54 Thurs­day night.

The Wolver­ines (12-0) are off to their best start since win­ning the first 16 games of the 1985-86 sea­son.

The Ea­gles (6-4) have lost two straight since beat­ing Pur­due.

Michi­gan trailed 6-2 in the open­ing min­utes, then took con­trol with a 20-0 run. The Wolver­ines led 40-24 at half­time and en­joyed an even big­ger cush­ion for much of the sec­ond half.

East­ern Michi­gan’s Daylen Har­ri­son scored 13 points and Glen Bryant had 10.

Michi­gan’s Trey Burke had 11 points and eight as­sists. Nik Stauskas made three 3-point­ers in the first half and fin­ished with 16 points, while fel­low fresh­men Mitch McGary had 10 points and 11 re­bounds for his first dou­ble-dou­ble and Glenn Robin­son III added 13 points for the Wolver­ines.

Burke, the reign­ing Big Ten player of the week, took the ball from Jalen Ross on the first pos­ses­sion of the game and made a layup.

Ross re­sponded with a 3-pointer and Bryant made an­other shot from be­yond the arc to give the Ea­gles a four-point lead that proved to be their high­light of the night. Michi­gan used a balanced of­fense and ag­gres­sive de­fense to build a 22-6 lead.

The Wolver­ines then seemed to show some mercy - briefly play­ing five fresh­men, in­clud­ing two that sel­dom play - and didn’t add much to their lead in the first half.

The Wolver­ines, who have reached their high­est rank­ing since the 1992-93 sea­son, led by 30plus points with 14 min­utes left and coasted to an­other lop­sided vic­tory.

Michi­gan has won its next five games by an av­er­age of 19-plus points. Top 25 Men No. 1 Duke 76, Elon 54: Ma­son Plum­lee had 21 points and 15 re­bounds, and the Blue Devils (110) beat the Phoenix (6-5) for their 100th straight non­con­fer­ence win at Cameron In­door Sta- dium. Ryan Kelly added 14 points, while fresh­man Rasheed Su­lai­mon scored 13. Oth­ers Cen­tral Michi­gan 92, Texas State 80: Joel Wright led the vis­it­ing Bob­cats (4-8) with 20 points and 10 re­bounds, but it wasn’t enough. Kyle Ran­dall scored 18 points to lead the Chippe­was (6-4).

Arkansas 79, Robert Mor­ris 74: BJ Young led four starters in dou­bledig­its with a game-high 23 points as the host Ra­zor­backs (6-4) held off the Colo­nials (8-5). Hunter Mick­el­son added 14 of his ca­reer-high 16 points af­ter half­time.

Top prospect picks Duke: Prized prospect Jabari Parker of Chicago’s Simeon Ca­reer Academy, one of the most highly touted re­cruits in years, an­nounced Thurs­day that he is headed to Duke.

Parker can’t sign his let­ter of in­tent un­til April 17. Michi­gan State and Florida, also made his top three, but he chose to play for Mike Krzyzewski for at least a year be­fore mak­ing what many be­lieve will ul­ti­mately be a jump to the NBA.

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