Niagara University returns to the Gallagher Center for the first time in 24 days in what could be a memorable night for Joe Mihalich.
Mihalich will try for his 250th career victory at 7 tonight when the Purple Eagles face Hartford. Mihalich, who is in his 15th season at Niagara, is the winningest coach in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference history.
The Purple Eagles (3-6) went 1-4 during their five-game road swing where it played three 2012 NCAA Tournament participants. Sophomores Antoine Mason (19.8 ppg), Juan’ya Green (15.4 ppg) and Ameen Tanksley (10.4 ppg) averaged double figures during the five-game stretch. Niagara has won the last three games against Hartford (5-4) to tie the series at 5. They held off a late run by the Hawks to take last season’s meeting, 79-76, at Chase Arena.
Michigan takes 10th
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Trey Burke scored 19 points and freshman Nik Stauskas added 12 to lead No. 3 Michigan to a 67-39 victory over Binghamton on Tuesday night.
The Wolverines (10-0) are off to their best start since their national title season of 1988-89, and this win was every bit the mismatch it looked like before the opening tip. The Bearcats (2-9) were coming off a 22-point loss to Bryant. They led Michigan 10-8 before the Wolverines went on a 19-2 run. It was 34-14 at halftime.
Jordan Reed scored 11 points and was Binghamton’s only player in double figures. He also had eight rebounds.
The Wolverines got off to a slow start, allowing the Bearcats to match them in the early going. Rayner Moquete’s three-pointer off a Michigan turnover put Binghamton up two, but the lead was short lived.
Tim Hardaway Jr.’s three-point play 23 seconds later put the Wolverines back ahead, and Stauskas and Hardaway made it 21-12 with back-to-back threes.