UCLA vs Michigan

No. 15 Michigan pulls away vs. UCLA

CBSSports.com wire reports

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Michigan lost a game, has some stretches where it struggled.

But as national auditions go, this wasn't too bad.

Zack Novak scored a career-high 22 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 20 and No. 15 Michigan rolled over UCLA 79-63 on Wednesday for third place in the Maui Invitational.

Michigan (5-1) played well at both ends to build a modest lead in the first half and ran away with it in the second. The Wolverines made 15 of 23 shots in the second half and hit 62 percent overall to bounce back from a tough loss to No. 6 Duke in the semifinals.

Jon Horford scored all 12 of his points in the first half for Michigan, which bookended its loss to the Blue Devils with two solid wins.

"It [the lights] doesn't get any brighter than this time of the year and that's big for us," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "You don't know how people are going to do when all of a sudden, the teams and the coaches that you see on television every day, and all of a sudden, it's you. I really liked what we saw from there."

UCLA (1-4) came to Maui with two embarrassing losses and headed back home with two tough ones to continue one of its worst starts in years.

Maui Invitational

Travis Wear had 16 points, Joshua Smith and Jerime Anderson 12 each and UCLA shot just 4 of 17 from 3-point range.

"It's really obvious that we have a long way to go to be able to compete against the teams on our schedule that are left. It's going to be a hard fight," UCLA coach Ben Howland said. "Our guys have to be willing to get to work. Nothing's easy. We're going to have to really, really fight hard to get it together in practice."

The Wolverines and Bruins each followed encouraging wins with disappointing losses in Maui.

Michigan handled No. 8 Memphis' pressure in the opener, playing with poise down the stretch in a 73-61 win.

The Wolverines struggled early against Duke in the semifinals to fall behind by 16 and tried to fight back by hitting 11 of their first 12 shots to get within five. Michigan couldn't slow down Duke's offensive show, though, allowing the Blue Devils to hit 11 3-pointers and shoot 56 percent in the seven-point loss.

The Bruins opened the season with two embarrassing losses and avoided another in the opener by turning a two-point halftime lead against Division II Chaminade into a 92-60 rout.

UCLA staggered at the start of its game against No. 14 Kansas in the semifinals and fought its way back in the second half before fading down the stretch in a 72-56 loss.

The Bruins got off to another slow start against Michigan, missing six of their first eight shots and turning it over four times in the first 8 minutes to fall behind by seven.

It only got marginally better for UCLA the rest of the half.

The Bruins struggled against Michigan's patient offense, allowing the Wolverines to hit 14 of 24 shots.

UCLA also struggled shooting from the perimeter, hitting 4 of 11 from 3-point range to trail 38-31 at halftime.

"We are taking probably too many 3-point shots," Howland said. "I don't know how much that was forced by their defense, but we're not shooting the ball well from 3. We're going to have to be more patient offensively, and we're going to have to pack things in better."

Michigan didn't give the Bruins much a chance to try another comeback, dropping in 3-pointers, dunks and scoring on backdoor cuts to push the lead to double digits.

Hardaway had a highlight-reel play by going down the lane for a one-handed dunk - and had a scowl for the crowd on his way back - then hit a long 3-pointer that put the Wolverines up 63-47.

Michigan kept pushing, getting a layup from Hardaway on a nice rebound tip from Trey Burke, then a 3-pointer and a layup by Evan Smotrycz to go up 72-53 with 4 minutes left.

"We were getting good looks," Novak said. "When we do that, we're pretty good shooters and we're going to knock them down."

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Michigan's Zach Novak scores on a 3-pointer en route to a career-high 22 points against UCLA. (AP)
Michigan's Zach Novak scores on a 3-pointer en route to a career-high 22 points against UCLA. (AP)
UCLA (1-4)313263
Michigan #15 (5-1) «384179
UCLA:T. Wear 16 Pts
UCLA:L. Jones 5 Reb
UCLA:L. Jones 3 Ast
MI:Z. Novak 22 Pts
MI:E. Smotrycz 8 Reb
MI:T. Burke 5 Ast

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Joshua Smith
Tim Hardaway Jr.
UCLA Bruins
J. Anderson, G354-92-321112
L. Jones, G320-58-95328
T. Lamb, G251-61-21343
T. Wear, F246-102-220216
A. Stover, C40-00-00000
R. Nelson, F233-70-14126
N. Powell, G202-40-02124
J. Smith, C196-90-052412
D. Wear, F150-40-02010
B. Lane, F31-10-01012
L. Drew II, GDid Not Play
T. Trapani, GDid Not Play
M. DeMarcus, GDid Not Play
K. Jones, GDid Not Play
D. Brown, GDid Not Play
N. Kazemi, GDid Not Play
K. McCaskill, GDid Not Play
D. Parker, GDid Not Play
Totals 23-5513-1724111963
Michigan Wolverines
T. Hardaway Jr., G378-133-544220
Z. Novak, G347-84-531022
T. Burke, G312-71-13525
E. Smotrycz, F233-80-08417
J. Morgan, F110-10-21040
S. Douglass, G263-42-23049
J. Horford, F195-52-370012
M. Vogrich, G80-00-00010
C. Brundidge, G50-02-22002
E. Akunne, G21-10-00002
C. Person, G10-00-00000
J. Bartelstein, G10-00-00010
B. McLimans, F10-00-00000
C. Christian, F10-00-00000
M. Bielfeldt, FDid Not Play
S. Tummala, FDid Not Play
Totals 29-4714-2031141579
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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Arizona St.7-1115-18124
Wash. State6-1213-18163
Oregon St.1-175-27281

Big Ten
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Michigan St.10-820-1550
Ohio St.7-1117-1590
Penn St.6-1215-18101
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Memphis 88 Final
RAD 40 Final
Kentucky 88
VMI 74 Final
Ohio St 107
AAMU 45 Final
Alabama 82
UTA 65 Final
Baylor 75
SDSU 61 Final
Arizona 57
VT 58 Final
Syracuse 69
Kansas 61 Final