U-M Blasts Oakland 69-51

The Michigan basketball team improved to 9-2 on the season with a 69-51 win over Oakland University on Saturday afternoon at Crisler Arena. Darius Morris led U-M with 18 and Zack Novak had a double-double.

ANN ARBOR -- Darius Morris scored 18 points, and Michigan went on a 20-6 run at the start of the second half to pull away for a 69-51 victory over Oakland on Saturday at Crisler Arena. Zack Novak also added 13 points for U-M, plus had 12 boards.

Up 29-21 at the break the Wolverines scored the first seven points of the second half to stretch the lead to 15 points. Jordan Morgan and Darius Morris each made good on a jumper around an Evan Smotrycz three-pointer.

With 14:11 left in the half Tim Hardaway Jr. pushed U-M's lead to 44-24. Hardaway Jr. hit from deep to give Michigan the 20-point edge for the first time of the contest.

Michigan stretched the lead to as high as 22 points in the second half before the Golden Grizzlies climbed to back within 10 points in the closing minutes. Reggie Hamilton, who finished with 23 of Oakland's 51 points, led OU back into the game.

The Golden Grizzlies added just two points over the games final four minutes, though, and U-M ended the contest on a 10-2 surge.

In the first half the teams fought to a 9-9 score over the games first eight minutes.

The Wolverines built their first lead, a 21-13 advantage, on a Matt Vogrich three-pointer with 8:44 left. The final eight minutes saw the teams exchange baskets for the 29-21 halftime lead.

Tim Hardaway Jr. finished the contest with 10 points and four rebounds. Jordan Morgan hauled in 11 boards to go along with five points in the Michigan win.

With the win the Wolverines improve to 9-2 on the season and 8-0 at Crisler Arena. Michigan returns to Crisler Arena on December 23rd to host the Bryant University Bulldogs.

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