WMU Falls at Michigan, 92-78

Updated 11/21/2000
Western Michigan's Jon Powell drives to the basket in the Broncos 92-78 loss to Michigan.
(AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) (Nov. 21) -- Western Michigan went on a 22-8 run to close the game and Steve Reynolds scored a game-high 26 points, but WMU fell to Michigan in Ann Arbor, 92-78.

Gavin Groninger scored a career-best 20 points and LaVell Blanchard added 19 for Michigan.

Bernard Robinson Jr. added 16 points and Chris Young 14 for the Wolverines (1-1).

Groninger scored one better than his previous career best of 19 points in Michigan's season-opening 97-90 loss last week at Oakland, Mich. - a setback that embarrassed the Wolverines.

Michigan had size on Western Michigan at just about every position and didn't waste the advantage. Young, a 6-foot-9 junior, had a career-high 13 rebounds as the Wolverines had a 39-32 edge on the boards.

Michigan's Gavin Groninger goes to the basket past Western Michigan's Anthony Kann.
(AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Blanchard had 12 points, Groninger 11 and Young 10 as Michigan, shooting 54 percent, opened up a 47-31 halftime lead.

Young, who also had seven first-half rebounds, converted a 3-point play after a nice feed from Groninger, who then scored Michigan's next six points en route to a 28-15 advantage midway through the period.

Blanchard's third 3-pointer of the half came in a 12-2 run that gave the Wolverines their biggest lead at 43-23.

Michigan continued to stretch its lead in the second half, going up 75-46 when Josh Asselin split a pair of free throws. That ended a 19-7 run that featured seven points from Robinson and five from Maurice Searight, both freshmen.

The Wolverines also kept the Broncos at bay by making 16 of 21 second-half free throws. That also helped them survive Western Michigan's game-ending run - including a 15-0 spurt - led by 15 points from Reynolds.