Tim Hardaway Jr. stars as Michigan routs Eastern Michigan

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Ann Arbor, MI, United States (4E Sports) – Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 points and three other starters submitted double-digit performance as Michigan crushed Eastern Michigan, 93-54, for its 12th straight win Thursday at Crisler Center.

Nik Staukas added 16 points, Glenn Robinson III had 13, Trey Burke tallied 11 points and Mitch McGary scored 10 markers off the bench to help the Wolverines (12-0) to their best start since winning 16 straight games during the 1985-86 season.

Hardaway also posted a career-high seven assists, Burke issued eight dimes and McGary grabbed 11 boards for the Wolverines, who shot 50.7 percent from the field compared to 35.5 percent by the Eagles.

The Wolverines forced Eastern Michigan to commit 18 turnovers, matching a season-high for a Michigan opponent. Michigan scored 18 points off turnovers while the Eagles tallied just five off the Wolverines’ 11 turnovers.

Daylen Harrison scored 13 points and Glenn Bryant had 10 for the Eagles (6-4), who suffered their second straight loss and remained winless in four road games.

Freshman Jalen Ross and redshirt junior Glenn Bryant buried back-to-back three-pointers to give the Eagles a 6-2 lead but the Wolverines quickly recovered, unleashing a 20-0 run keyed by Hardaway, Staukas and Burke, for a 22-6 advantage.

The Wolverines further extended their lead to 40-19 behind a three-pointer by Staukas before the Eagles closed the first half with five straight points to cut the deficit to 40-24.

In the second half, Robinson completed a three-point play and McGary’s fast-break layup made it 54-32, with 14 minutes left in the game.

Antoine Chandler’s three-pointer and a layup by Harrison brought the Eagles within 64-45 at the 8:46 mark but got no closer than that the rest of the game.

Then, Michigan compiled a 29-9 run over the final eight minutes of play to cruise to a 39-point victory.

The Wolverines will return to Crisler Saturday, Dec. 29, when they host Central Michigan in their last game before opening up Big Ten play.

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