Michigan Dispatches Ark. Pine Bluff, 63-50

Michigan held a commanding 37-17 lead at halftime, but sloppy second half play that included 13 of 19 turnovers narrowed the gap. The Wolverines still cruised to a 63-50 voctory behind 16 points ad eight rebounds from Evan Smotrycz and 15 points, seven assists, and six rebounds from Trey Burke.

Updated Dec 13, 2011 10:02 PM ET


After watching his team finish off a decisive but sloppy victory, Michigan coach John Beilein offered a statement that was part prediction, part promise.

''It will be, officially, the last game we will ever win when we have 19 turnovers - this year,'' Beilein said. ''I don't predict that happening again.''

Freshman Trey Burke scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half, and No. 20 Michigan went on an early 19-point run en route to a 63-50 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday night.

The Wolverines led by as many as 25 points, but UAPB finished the game on a 12-1 run.

Thirteen of Michigan's 19 turnovers came in the second half.

''I just wanted to get that (lead) up to 25 or 30 and clear the bench,'' Beilein said. ''But it never happened.''

Evan Smotrycz added 16 points for the Wolverines (8-2) and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored eight.

Lazabian Jackson scored 23 points for the Golden Lions (1-6). UAPB doesn't have a home game scheduled this season until Jan. 14.

Jackson made two 3-pointers to give the Golden Lions a 6-5 lead, but Michigan responded with its 19-0 run and wasn't threatened again. A 3-pointer by Stu Douglass put the Wolverines ahead 32-8, and it was 37-17 at halftime.

UAPB made four 3-pointers in the first half but was 1 of 18 from inside the arc.

''Coach started reading the stats to us, and we just looked at each other. We knew it was bad, but those were some ugly numbers. I have no idea what happened - we don't play like that,'' said UAPB'sSavalace Townsend, who finished with 15 points. ''All we wanted to do in the second half was make some kind of run and keep the game from getting completely ridiculous.''

The only anxious moment for Michigan came late in the first half when Hardaway, the team's leading scorer, came down hard after jumping up on a shot fake. Hardaway stayed down on his stomach for a bit as the crowd became quiet, then he headed toward the sideline. He came back in the second half.

Beilein said Hardaway had a bruised tailbone, but the injury didn't seem serious.

''They've just got to ice the heck out of it, right now, because I'm sure it's pretty sore,'' Beilein said.

Matt Vogrich, who was 1 of 13 from 3-point range entering the game, made three shots from long distance in the second half for Michigan. He finished with 11 points.

''Coach keeps telling me to shoot my way out of it,'' Vogrich said. ''That's what I'm going to do. I believe I can shoot - just got to keep shooting.''

UAPB had no balance to speak of on offense. Jackson showed impressive range, going 6 of 11 from 3-point territory, but at one point early in the second half, he had 17 of his team's 20 points.

''Michigan plays good defense, but I didn't expect our team to come out that cold. We couldn't make a shot, except for Lazabian,'' UAPB coach George Ivory said. ''I was proud of the way we finished the game - our kids didn't give up. We finally started hitting some shots and we were able to get some turnovers. That's something to build on.''

Jackson had to be helped off the court with 11.7 seconds left after going down near midcourt with what looked like a leg cramp.

UAPB will play at Akron on Thursday night. The long stretch without a home game is fairly common for the Southwestern Athletic Conference school. A couple seasons ago - at the end of a similar stretch away from home - UAPB's athletic director estimated the school had earned about $800,000 by playing all those road games, about one-fourth of the athletic department's total revenue.

Burke had seven assists and six rebounds for Michigan, and Smotrycz contributed eight rebounds.

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