U-M Improves to 2-0

The Michigan basketball team downed visiting Bowling Green State University 69-50 on Thursday night at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor to improve to 2-0 on the new basketball season. Evan Smotrycz led U-M with 14 points and 7 rebounds.

ANN ARBOR -- The Michigan defense stifled visiting Bowling Green State University and held the Falcons to just one point the first 7:30 of the second half as the U-M basketball team improved to 2-0 on the new season with a 69-50 win over BGSU.

Ahead 39-31 at the break, Michigan surged to a 50-32 lead before Bowling Green State's Dee Brown made good on a jumper for BGSU's first field goal of the stanza with 12:32 left in the game. Tim Hardaway Jr., Zack Novak, Blake McLimans and Colton Christian found the scoreboard during the games deciding run.

With 10:03 to play Michigan stretched its' lead to 20 points at 58-38 behind the hot hand of Jordan Morgan. Two jumpers plus two free throws sandwiched around a Cameron Black BGSU lay-up helped Michigan stretch its lead to near two dozen.

Michigan coasted through the final 10 minutes of the contest exchanging buckets with the visiting Falcons and closing the contest 69-50 victors.

In the first half Evan Smotrycz scored 12 of his team high 14 points in helping U-M open up an eight-point edge at the intermission. Smotrycz scored five of Michigan's first seven points as the Wolverines opened the first four minutes with a 7-4 surge.

A'uston Calhoun and Scott Thomas answered for the visiting Falcons scoring the next eight points for BGSU as the Falcons claimed their first lead and pushed it to a 12-9 advantage.

Just past the middle of the half the Wolverines reclaimed the lead with a 10-2 run that had four different Michigan players find the bottom of the net. Jordan Morgan scored his first points of the contest before Darius Morris connected on a two-point jumper to get himself on the board. Matt Vogrich then added a jumper from Stu Douglass before Douglass and Zack Novak each connected from three-point range.

With three minutes left in the half the Falcons trimmed the Michigan lead one final time getting within a single point at 28-27. Calhoun and Scott Thomas each scored three points before a Dee Brown free throw with 3:18 left in the half.

Michigan ended the half, though, on an 11-2 run with triples from Matt Vogrich and two from Smotrycz.

With the win the Wolverines improve to 2-0 on the season. Michigan returns to Crisler Arena on Sunday afternoon against Gardner-Webb looking to get to 3-0 on the year.

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