ANN ARBOR - The Michigan basketball team had four scorers hit double figures, including Darius Morris, 21, and Jordan Morgan, 20, as the Wolverines improved to 3-0 on the season with an 80-58 win over Gardner-Webb on Sunday afternoon at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor.
Over the opening 20 minutes of the contest the Wolverines built their 22-point lead in leading at the intermission 41-19. In the second half they pushed that lead to as many as 31 points before the Runnin' Bulldogs trimmed the lead back to 22-points down the stretch.
After the teams exchanged buckets the first two minutes of the game the Wolverines opened up their first lead at 11-4 with a 7-0 run over the next five minutes. Morris and Morgan each scored to start then run, and then Tim Hardaway Jr., who finished with 15 points, added a old-fashioned three-point play.
Michigan pushed the lead to double digits for the first time with 6:54 left in the first frame. After the teams exchanged scores to make it 15-9 with 8:31 to play, Evan Smotrycz connected on a jumper to make it 17-9. Darius Morris then added three more points to give Michigan a 20-9 lead.
Michigan's onslaught didn't stop there, though. Hardaway Jr. and Morris combined for back-to-back three-pointers, then Morgan chipped in for two and Hardaway Jr. added five more. With 2:41 left in the half Michigan built a 33-14 lead.
The teams closed out the half matching baskets with Michigan claiming a 41-19 lead.
Over the final 20 minutes Michigan coasted to the victory. Stu Douglass scored eight of his 10 points over the final 20 minutes and stretched the lead to 53-28 with a three-pointer with 14:20 remaining.
The lead then was extended to 66-35 with 9:45 to go. Morgan added four more points, plus Smotrycz added a jumper around five more Douglass points. Gardner-Webb closed the lead back to 22 points, the final margin of victory, over the final 10 minutes of the half.
With the win the Wolverines improve to 3-0 on the season. Michigan returns to action on Friday night at 7:30 as the Wolverines look to improve to 4-0 with a game against No. 11-ranked Syracuse.
Michigan Makes it 3-0
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