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UM beats Oakland in fast-paced shootout

Hardaway, Douglass lead Wolverines


Michigan's Evan Smotrycz, left, drives to the basket against Oakland's Reggie Hamilton. Smotrycz had a career-high 20 points.


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Tim Hardaway, Jr., Stu Douglass, and the rest of Michigan's sharp shooters looked plenty comfortable playing at a faster pace.

Hardaway scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half, and the 20th-ranked Wolverines held off in-state rival Oakland 90-80 on Saturday. Michigan shot 70 percent in the second half in its highest-scoring game in over two years.

"I didn't think we were going to win a game like this all year," Douglass said. "Teams like [Oakland] score a bunch of points, and we like to beat them 70 to 60, and kind of play that gritty Big Ten style a little bit."

Evan Smotrycz had 20 points and nine rebounds -- both career highs -- and freshman Trey Burke had 20 points and nine assists.

"Trey was unbelievable today," Hardaway said.

Douglass finished with 13 points.

Reggie Hamilton scored 28 points for the Golden Grizzlies (6-4).

Michigan (7-2) shot 57 percent for the game and went 15 of 28 from 3-point range.

"Once they start going in, it may be a bit contagious," Michigan coach John Beilein said.

It was the highest-scoring game for Michigan since the Wolverines beat Northern Michigan 97-50 on Nov. 14, 2009. It was Michigan's first game with three 20-point scorers since 2002, against Bowling Green.

The Grizzlies beat Tennessee both last season and this season and they've been dominant recently in the Summit League. They weren't intimidated by Michigan, recovering from a double-digit deficit in the first half to tie it at halftime.

The Wolverines were uncharacteristically careless in the first half, turning the ball over 10 times, but they were willing to play at a quicker pace than usual against Oakland.

Michigan went on a 14-4 run in the second half that included two 3-pointers by Hardaway and one each by Burke and Douglass. After Douglass made his, the Wolverines were 8 of 11 from long distance in the second half and led 66-55.

It was 73-67 after Hamilton made two free throws with 4:39 to play. Douglass answered with a free throw, and after Laval Lucas-Perry's 3-pointer rattled in and out for Oakland, Hardaway made a 3-pointer from the left corner. A dunk by Douglass made it 79-67.

"I thought the game turned around late when Lucas-Perry had a 3 go three-quarters down and come out," Oakland coach Greg Kampe said. "They go down the other way and Trey Burke's falling out of bounds and throws it out to Hardaway for 3. We turn it over, they get a run-out layup and it is 12 instead of four."

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