No. 2 Michigan holds off Central Michigan

Updated: December 29, 2012

Trey Burke had 22 points and 11 assists as No. 2 Michigan took an 88-73 win over Central Michigan on Saturday.

Glenn Robinson III gave 20 points while Nik Stauskas added 19 points and seven
rebounds for the Wolverines (13-0), who have posted double-digit victories in
each of their last six games.

“Trey is the most veteran sophomore I’ve ever been around,” Michigan coach
John Beilein said of Burke. “He has unbelievable poise for someone who is only
a couple months into his sophomore season.”

Olivier Mbaigoto gave 14 points and five rebounds and Derrick Richardson Jr.
and Austin Keel tallied 11 points apiece for the Chippewas (7-6), who have
dropped two of three.

Michigan led this game from start to finish and had an 18-10 advantage after
Burke put in a layup about 4 1/2 minutes in.

An 8-0 run a bit later saw the team take a 29-15 lead on a Jordan Morgan layup
and it was a 39-21 game after Spike Albrecht put in two free throws with five
minutes left.

It was a 46-29 game at the break. Michigan cruised from there as Central
Michigan never got closer than 15 in the second half.

“It wasn’t surprising to me how hard we worked to keep the game respectable,”
Central Michigan coach Keno Davis remarked. “We worked hard when it would have
been easier to let the game get away from us.”

Game Notes

Michigan plays at Northwestern on Thursday … The Wolverines lead the series
with the Chippewas, 21-3 … Michigan shot 51.5 percent while Central Michigan
shot 47.5 percent.