No. 5 Michigan routs Slippery Rock 100-62
- Article by: NOAH TRISTER
- Associated Press
- November 9, 2012 - 9:44 PM
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points, surpassing 1,000 for his career in No. 5 Michigan's 100-62 win over Slippery Rock on Friday night.
Trey Burke added 21 points for the Wolverines (1-0), and freshman Glenn Robinson III had 10 points and eight rebounds. Michigan led 44-30 at halftime and had little difficulty in its season opener against a Division II opponent.
In an odd arrangement, the game counted toward Michigan's record but was considered an exhibition for Slippery Rock. Devin Taylor led the visitors with 14 points.
Hardaway made all five of his 3-point attempts, and the Wolverines went 12 of 19 from beyond the arc in their highest-scoring game since 2007.
Michigan and Slippery Rock have an unusual kinship stemming from the Wolverines' tradition of announcing Slippery Rock scores at football games for over a half-century. Slippery Rock even played a football game at Michigan Stadium in 1979 against Shippensburg.
But on Friday, the crowd treated the Rock like any other opposing team, and Michigan methodically pulled ahead by a comfortable margin in the first half. Hardaway, who shot 28 percent from 3-point range last season, made two attempts from long distance early on — and the second gave Michigan a 20-15 lead.
The Wolverines will host IUPUI on Monday night in an NIT game, but this was a decent warmup. Robinson looked sharp in his debut, and fellow freshman Mitch McGary had nine points and nine rebounds.
Michigan entered with its highest preseason ranking since 1993 — in large part because of Burke's decision to stay for his sophomore year instead of going to the NBA. The star point guard was impressive in the opener, shooting 9 of 17 and finishing with eight assists. Hardaway was 8 of 10 and had 10 rebounds.
Hardaway drew probably the biggest roar of the night from the home crowd when he came soaring down the lane for a one-handed dunk early in the second half. Moments later, he made another 3-pointer — and drew a foul in the process. He missed the free throw for the four-point play, but Michigan led 51-34.
Hardaway's fourth 3-pointer, from near the top of the key, made it a 20-point game and gave him 1,000 points for his career. He became the 46th Wolverine to reach that mark.
It was the most points for Michigan since a 103-87 win over Oakland University on Dec. 12, 2007.
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