Michigan too much for IUPUI

NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer Published:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Glenn Robinson III's putback attempt was off the mark, ending the freshman's bid for a perfect night from the field.

"I was kind of upset about that," Robinson said with a laugh. "I shot the ball pretty well today."

He wasn't the only one.

For a second straight game, No. 5 Michigan breezed to an easy win behind torrid outside shooting. Trey Burke scored 22 points and Robinson added 21, leading the Wolverines to a 91-54 victory over IUPUI on Monday night in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

Burke equaled a career high with nine assists and Robinson made his first eight shots from the field. Michigan (2-0) has been a model of efficiency on offense so far this season. After beating Slippery Rock 100-62 in their opener, the Wolverines shot 60 percent from the field and went 13 of 21 from 3-point range against IUPUI.

"The efficiency today was more about our defense in the second half," coach John Beilein said. "We were in a fast break mode the whole time."

Michigan advances to play Cleveland State in the next round Tuesday night -- with a berth in the semifinals at Madison Square Garden at stake.

"Just to be able to beat a good IUPUI team, and face a good Cleveland State team (Tuesday) to go to New York, that even gets me more excited," Burke said.

Michigan has scored 90 points or more in consecutive games for the first time since doing it three straight times in November 2000, according to STATS, LLC.

The Wolverines have usually been a deliberate, half-court team since Beilein took over in 2007. Much of the credit for their high-scoring ways this season goes to their terrific outside shooting, but they showed off a bit of extra athleticism Monday night.

Beilein says his team even practices alley-oop passes now.

"I realize it's a really good play against help defense," Beilein said. "We've thrown so many away sometimes, that we actually have started to practice more and get more confident, because they are an important part of today's basketball."

After the rout of Slippery Rock -- Michigan's highest-scoring game in nearly five years -- the Wolverines' torrid shooting continued against IUPUI. After Jordan Morgan tipped a pass near midcourt and went in for a dunk and a 31-25 lead, Michigan was shooting 79 percent from the field.

It was 45-31 at halftime, with Michigan at 65 percent from the field and 7 of 10 from beyond the arc.

"We weren't shocked that they made those," IUPUI coach Todd Howard said. "We were surprised at the streak that they got on, because a lot of them were challenged. A lot of them were just tough shots, honestly. That's how they play, and when they're hitting those, you'll see that all year from them."

Purdue transfer John Hart scored 15 points for IUPUI (1-1).

Nik Stauskas scored 11 points for Michigan, and Morgan and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 10 each.

TOP 25

No. 1 INDIANA 87, N. DAKOTA ST. 61

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Cody Zeller scored 22 points and Remy Abell added a career-high 14 to lead No. 1 Indiana past North Dakota State 87-61 on Monday night.

The Hoosiers (2-0) struggled to get in sync against the foul-prone Bison (1-1).

North Dakota State was led by Marshall Bjorklund with 16 points and Mike Felt with 11.

No. 17 MEMPHIS 81, N. FLORIDA 66

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Tarik Black had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead Memphis in its season opener.

Joe Jackson finished with 14 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Antonio Barton scored 11 points for Memphis (1-0).

Jerron Granberry led the Ospreys (1-1) with 17 points, including 13 in the second half. Parker Smith scored 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from outside the arc.

No. 18 UNLV 92, N. ARIZONA 54

LAS VEGAS -- Anthony Bennett scored 22 points to lead five players in double figures for UNLV its season opener.

Reserve Bryce Dejean-Jones added 15 points for the Runnin' Rebels (1-0) while Anthony Marshall and Katin Reinhardt had 14 points apiece and Savon Goodman added 11.

UNLV extended its NCAA Division I record for consecutive games with a 3-pointer. Since the 3-point field goal was adopted by the NCAA in 1986-87, UNLV has converted at least one in all 841 games played.

Dewayne Russell had 16 points for Northern Arizona (0-1).

No. 19 GONZAGA 84, WEST VIRGINIA 50

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gary Bell Jr. scored 15 points to lead Gonzaga in the easy win.

Guy Landry Edi added 14 points for Gonzaga (2-0), which shut down the Mountaineer shooters. Kevin Pangos scored 13 points and Elias Harris chipped in 11 points for the Zags.

Aaric Murray led West Virginia (0-1) with 14 points, while Jabari Hinds added nine.

No. 20 NOTRE DAME 84, MONMOUTH 57

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Garrick Sherman had 22 points and seven rebounds to lead Notre Dame.

Jack Cooley added 16 points for the Irish (2-0) and Pat Connaughton had 13.

Monmouth (1-1) scored the game's first four points, but Cooley's free throw 4 minutes into the game put the Irish ahead for good.

Dion Nesmith led the Hawks with 13 points.

BIG TEN

MINNESOTA 82, TOLEDO 56

MINNEAPOLIS -- Rodney Williams had 12 points, eight rebounds and four steals, Austin Hollins scored 10 of his 13 points in the game's first five minutes and Minnesota blew by Toledo, 82-56.

Joe Coleman finished with 15 points and six rebounds despite eight turnovers, and Oto Osenieks pitched in eight points off the bench for the Gophers (2-0).

Rian Pearson led the Rockets (0-2) with 18 points, and freshman center Nathan Boothe added 13 points and seven rebounds.

IOWA 73, C. MICHIGAN 61

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Devyn Marble scored 18 points and Mike Gesell added 15 as Iowa beat Central Michigan, 73-61.

Aaron White had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Hawkeyes (2-0).

Kyle Randall scored 17 points for Central Michigan (0-1).

ILLINOIS 89, ST. FRANCIS (N.Y.) 64

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Tyler Griffey scored 17 points and Tracy Abrams had 15, leading Illinois to an 89-64 win over St. Francis (N.Y.).

Brandon Paul added 14 points and six assists for the Illini (2-0).

Akeem Johnson led St. Francis (1-1) with 13 points, Ben Mockford added 12 and Jalen Cannon had 11 rebounds.

MAC

CLEVELAND ST. 79, BGUS 73 OT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Tim Kamczyc scored 21 points, and Cleveland State outlasted Bowling Green 79-73 in overtime in an NIT game.

A'uston Calhoun scored 30 points for Bowling Green (1-1).

Marlin Mason had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Cleveland State (2-0), including two free throws with 17.1 seconds remaining in overtime that made it 77-73.

Cleveland State had five players in double figures. Charlie Lee had 14 points and 10 assists.

AKRON 97, JOHN CARROLL 53

AKRON -- Brian Walsh led five players in double figures with 18 points as Akron routed Division III John Carroll, 97-53.

Deji Ibitayo shot 6 of 8 from the field en route to 15 points for Akron (2-1), Alex Abreu and Jake Kretzer had 12, and Chauncey Giliam chipped in 10.

FLORIDA ST. 95, BUFFALO 68

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Michael Snaer scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half as Florida State recovered from a season-opening loss to rout Buffalo, 95-68.

Okaro White had 13 points -- on 5-of-5 shooting -- and Aaron Thomas added 10 points for the Seminoles (1-1).

Tony Watson and Javon McCrea each had 17 points for Buffalo (0-2).

OHIO COLLEGES

YOUNGSTOWN ST. 68, GEORGIA 56

ATHENS, Ga. -- Kendrick Perry scored 23 points to lead Youngstown State to a 68-56 victory over Georgia.

Perry was 10 of 11 from the free-throw line and Kamren Belin added 17 points for the Penguins (2-0) in the first round of the Legends Classic.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a career-high 27 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead Georgia (1-1).

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