Michigan routs Western Michigan, 73-41

NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer Published:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan coach John Beilein sounded a bit surprised after his team's latest blowout victory.

The Wolverines beat Western Michigan by 32, but for much of the night they didn't look all that sharp.

"If you looked at our faces in the first 10 minutes, we did not predict that outcome," Beilein said. "Our guys picked up the pressure a little bit, we did a few other things -- had to feed off our defense, because our offense, we missed some shots."

Trey Burke had 20 points and seven assists, and No. 3 Michigan eventually pulled away for a 73-41 victory Tuesday night. Nik Stauskas scored 11 points for the Wolverines, and fellow freshman Mitch McGary added 10 on 5-of-5 shooting.

The Wolverines (8-0) had actually lost their previous two games against the Broncos, but that was more than a decade ago. Western Michigan (6-2) had won six straight coming into this game, including a victory over South Florida, but the Broncos wasted a chance to stay with the Wolverines, turning the ball over 13 times in the first half.

Freshman Darius Paul had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Western Michigan.

It is Michigan's first 8-0 start since 1996-97. The Wolverines have four wins by at least 30 points this season.

Burke shot 8 of 11 from the field and didn't commit a turnover in 31 minutes.

"He's got an edge of toughness and he's got a pace to him," Beilein said. "He understands when we need him to do more, and when we need him just to find all these good shooters we have around him, or pick-and-roll guys."

The Wolverines struggled a bit early, but Western Michigan couldn't take advantage. The Broncos committed several fouls at the offensive end in the first half, and Michigan led 25-15 after a layup by Glenn Robinson III. Jordan Morgan pushed the lead to a dozen with a layup of his own, and it was 35-21 at halftime.

"When we did execute, I felt like we could stay right there with these guys," Western Michigan coach Steve Hawkins said. "But you're probably talking about doing that at a 30 percent, 40 percent rate against a team like this. Hopefully by the end of the year, we're able to execute at an 80-to-90 percent rate."

The Wolverines put the game away early in the second half. Stauskas made a 3-pointer to make it 45-28, and Robinson and Burke added old-fashioned three-point plays to make it a 23-point game.

It was 51-34 before Michigan padded the margin with a 22-2 run. A 3-pointer by Tim Hardaway Jr. made it 66-36, and Burke connected moments later from beyond the arc.

For much of the night, Michigan threatened its worst shooting percentage of the season, but the Wolverines actually ended up right at 50 percent. It was the Broncos who really went through a nightmare at the offensive end, shooting 29 percent from the field, going 2 of 17 from 3-point range and finishing with 18 turnovers.

"We did a good job down the stretch," Burke said. "I think it's just a matter of the intensity that we need on defense, from the get-go. We come out kind of timid on defense, and I think that's an adjustment that we have to make in order for us to keep rolling."

Michigan was coming off a bit of a test last weekend, when the Wolverines won 74-66 at Bradley. They'll face another interesting nonconference matchup when Arkansas visits Ann Arbor on Saturday.

Paul was the only Western Michigan player in double figures, and he shot 3 of 12. The Broncos' winning streak may have been a bit deceptive, with the last three victories coming by a combined 10 points.

"Some of our talent was able to take over a game when we didn't have anything," Hawkins said. "Tonight, when things broke down or when execution wasn't there, our talent was not going to take over the game. They just have better players."

No. 5 LOUISVILLE 80, CHARLESTON 38

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Wayne Blackshear had 18 points and Louisville used its stifling defense to take control against College of Charleston.

No. 8 ARIZONA 63, SOUTHERN MISS 55

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Nick Johnson scored 23 points, Kevin Parrom had 13 of his 14 in the second half and Arizona overcame a season-high 27 turnovers to hold off Southern Mississippi.

No. 12 MISSOURI 81, SE MISSOURI STATE 65

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Laurence Bowers scored a career-high 26 points to help Missouri rally from 10 points down at halftime and beat Southeast Missouri State.

No. 13 ILLINOIS 72, WESTERN CAROLINA 64

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Brandon Paul scored 14 points and Illinois held off Western Carolina after the game was tied at 54 with 5:53 left.

No. 14 MINNESOTA 88, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 64

MINNEAPOLIS -- Andre Hollins scored 20 of his 22 points before halftime and Minnesota breezed past a South Dakota State team missing point guard Nate Wolters.

No. 15 GEORGETOWN 64, TEXAS 41

NEW YORK -- Otto Porter had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead Georgetown over Texas in the opener of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

No. 21 UNLV 68, PORTLAND 60

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Justin Hawkins had 15 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in a second-half rally that sent UNLV past tenacious Portland.

No. 25 NORTH CAROLINA ST. 69, CONNECTICUT 65

NEW YORK -- Richard Howell had 13 points and grabbed all 10 of his rebounds in the second half, and C.J. Leslie had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead North Carolina State over Connecticut in the second game of the Jimmy V Classic.

BIG TEN

NORTHWESTERN 74, BAYLOR 70

WACO, Texas -- Reggie Hearn had 17 points with 10 rebounds before fouling out and Northwestern snapped a two-game losing streak with a 74-70 win at Baylor, which was coming off a win at Kentucky.

PURDUE 72, LAMAR 39

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Terone Johnson scored 16 points and A.J. Hammons added 13 as Purdue routed Lamar 72-39.

IOWA 87, S. DAKOTA ST. 63

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa couldn't hit from outside. But the Hawkeyes couldn't be stopped from inside or the foul line.

MAC

BUCKNELL 76, KENT ST. 60

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Mike Muscala tallied 27 points, three assists and two blocks as Bucknell beat Kent State 76-60 and improved to 8-1 for the first time since 2005-06.

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