Western Illinois (0-2)
Jordan Morgan jams home two of his 11 points (AP photo)
Michigan got its first real test of the season on Thursday night, and while it wasn’t against championship-caliber competition, it provided a good learning opportunity heading into the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
Michigan beat Western Illinois 59-55 in Crisler Arena behind 16 points from Tim Hardaway Jr. and 14 points from freshman point guard Trey Burke.
Hardaway got the scoring started with a put-back, but WIU took the lead on a three-pointer by Ceola Clark III. The Leathernecks held onto the lead for the next six minutes until Burke hit a three to put Michigan ahead 12-10. The three sparked an 11-0 run by the Wolverines over the span of the next three minutes, which also included threes by Stu Douglass and Matt Vogrich.
The team went back and forth the rest of the half, going into the locker room tied at 28.
In the second half, WIU took the early ...