Ann Arbor, MI (WKZO) – Holding a slight 6-2 lead after two minutes of play, the Eastern Michigan Eagles were thinking upset over their Washtenaw County rivals. However, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Co. had other ideas.
Before the Eagles were able to score another point, the #2 nationally ranked Wolverines scored 20 straight and EMU’s dream of upsetting a second Big Ten member in less than two weeks came crashing down hard.
Behind Hardaway’s 17 points and career high 7 assists, the Wolverines maintained a lead of 16 or more from that point on, and defeated the Eagles 93-54 Thursday night at Crisler Arena.
John Beilein’s team is now 12-0 for the first time since the 1985-86, when they opened the season with 16 straight wins.
Freshman Nik Stauskas added 16 points. The Canadian went 5-8 from downtown while not attempting a single 2 point shot. Glenn Robinson III and Trey Burke each finished in double figures with 13 and 11 respectively. Burke also had a game high 8 assists.
Michigan led 40-24 at halftime and outscored the Eagles 43-28 in the 2nd half before Beilein emptied the bench with 3:41 remaining.
Mitch McGary recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds in only 18 minutes of work. McGary’s previous high in rebounds was 10 against Binghamton.
The 93 points the Wolverines put up were the most they’d scored since 100 against Slippery Rock, the first game of the season.
With victories now over EMU and WMU, Michigan will look to sweep the three directional in state rivals as they take on Central Michigan December 29 before opening 2013 with their first Big Ten Matchup at Northwestern on January 3rd.