College Men's Basketball: No. 2 Michigan rolls past Eastern Michigan

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No. 2 Michigan 93, Eastern Michigan 54

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- 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.

Ross had nine points in the first half but the rest of the Eagles' starters scored just seven points combined. Ross didn't score after halftime.

Jordan Morgan made a low-post shot and a mid-range jumper on Michigan's first two possessions of the second half. The Wolverines led by 30-plus points with 14 minutes left and coasted to another lopsided victory.

After beating No. 25 North Carolina State by seven points, Michigan won its next five games -- against Bradley, Western Michigan, Arkansas, Binghamton and West Virginia -- by an average of 19-plus points to reach its highest ranking since the 1992-93 season, the second year of the Fab Five era.

The Wolverines have one more tuneup -- Dec. 29 at home against Central Michigan -- before facing Big Ten competition.

Central Michigan 92, Texas State 80

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Kyle Randall scored 18 points to lead Central Michigan to a 92-80 victory over Texas State on Thursday night.

John Simons had 17 points and six rebounds, and Austin Keel added 17 points. Blake Hibbitts had eight rebounds.

Central Michigan (6-4) led 42-40 at halftime and had 27 points off Texas State turnovers. Central Michigan shot 53.7 percent from the field for the game, while Texas State (4-8) shot 50.8 percent.

After being down by as many as nine in the second half, Texas State cut Central Michigan's lead to 83-78, with a 3-pointer from Vonn Jones, who had six assists. Randall made three free throws, and Chris Fowler made a layup with 48 seconds left to put Central Michigan up by 10.

Joel Wright led the Bobcats with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Matt Staff had 18 points, Reid Koenen 12 and Corey Stern 10.

No. 1 Duke 76, Elon 54

DURHAM, N.C. -- Mason Plumlee had 21 points and 15 rebounds, and No. 1 Duke beat Elon 76-54 on Thursday night for its 100th straight nonconference win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Ryan Kelly added 14 points, freshman Rasheed Sulaimon had 13 and Tyler Thornton hit a pair of key 3-pointers 30 seconds apart that helped the Blue Devils (11-0) pull away.

Sebastian Koch scored 14 points for Elon (6-5).

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