ANN ARBOR - The Michigan basketball team used 23 points from Jordan Morgan and a second straight double-double from Zack Novak to improve to 6-2 on the season with an 86-65 win over the Concordia Cardinals on Monday night at Crisler Arena.
Novak finished with 12 points and 14 boards while Darius Morris and Stu Douglass also scored in double figures for the Wolverines. Morris also notched a game-high 12 assists for Michigan in the contest.
Rocko Holmes led the Cardinals with 29 points.
Over the games opening four minutes Michigan surged to a quick 15-4 lead before finding itself a 13-point lead. Novak opened the scoring with a three-pointer and Tim Hardaway Jr., Darius Morris and Jordan Morgan also scored in Michigan's initial run. Novak ended the U-M run with his second triple of the contest to make it 20-7.
Chad McMullen finally ended the Michigan run with a three-pointer and the visiting Cardinals pulled within five on a hand full of occasions near the middle of the half, the last time with 7:14 to go on an Austin Cook three-pointer to make it 27-22.
By the 5:55 mark of the half Michigan had pushed the lead back to 12 points. Hardaway Jr., Morgan and Morris all scored to make it 34-22. Over the final minutes the teams exchanged scores with Michigan holding a 42-32 edge at the break.
In the second half the Cardinals trimmed the Michigan lead to five once again with as little as 11:28 remaining. Rocko Holmes scored 17 of his game high 29 points in the second half in clawing the Cardinals back into the game.
Over the final 11 minutes the Wolverines pulled away to the games final 21-point margin. Morgan and Stu Douglass put Michigan up 66-54 with 9:53 to go. After a Concordia triple the Wolverines continued to surge. Douglass, Morgan and Matt Vogrich all scored to push Michigan's lead to 18 points.
Evan Smotrycz scored in the paint with three minutes left to ultimately push the lead to 21 with the games final points.
The Michigan basketball team returns to action on Friday at 6:30 p.m. to tip-off with the Utah Utes.
U-M Beats Concordia: Improves to 6-2
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