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Burke leads No. 3 Michigan in rout of Binghamton

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Burke leads No. 3 Michigan in rout of Binghamton

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) 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 were favored by 37 1/2 points, but they got off to a slow start, allowing the Bearcats to match them in the early going. Rayner Moquete's 3-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 3-pointers.

Reed gave the Bearcats a brief highlight, dunking back a missed shot to make it 27-14, but Michigan scored the last seven points of the half, capped by Burke's 3 from near the top of the key in the final seconds.

Burke made an alert play in the second half when his pass toward Jordan Morgan was deflected up off the backboard. The ball bounced all the way back to Burke on the perimeter, and the Michigan point guard then drove for an easy bank shot and a 52-27 lead.

It was 62-31 after Burke's steal and breakaway layup.

Binghamton did not shoot a free throw until there was 4:41 to play in the second half. Michigan was whistled for only four fouls all night.

The Bearcats settled for too many outside shots, several of which didn't even hit the rim. Binghamton shot 34 percent from the field, 7 of 25 from 3-point range.

It might have been even more lopsided if Michigan hadn't shot a season-worst 44 percent from the field. Burke was 8 of 12, but Hardaway scored only nine points on 3-of-13 shooting. Freshman Mitch McGary had six points and 10 rebounds.

VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

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VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Javonte Perkins had 25 points as Saint Louis topped VCU 80-62 on Friday night.

Hasahn French had 18 points for Saint Louis (19-8, 8-6 Atlantic 10 Conference). Terrence Hargrove Jr. added 11 points. Jordan Goodwin had 10 points.

Marcus Santos-Silva had 11 points for the Rams (17-10, 7-7), who have now lost four consecutive games. De'Riante Jenkins added 10 points.

Saint Louis plays Saint Joseph's at home on Wednesday. VCU faces UMass on the road on Wednesday.

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Tristan Thompson calls Bradley Beal one of the best shooting guards in the league

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with reporters after the team's victory over the Wizards Friday night, praising Bradley Beal, who was snubbed from All-Star consideration this season despite averaging nearly 30 points-per-game.

The Cavaliers held the Wizards to just 21 points in the fourth quarter, and Thompson said their main focus was neutralizing Beal.

"The Wizards are really good offensively when they are making their runs," Thompson said postgame. "Bradley Beal is an All-Star in our league. One of the top-three two-guards in our league right now, so we were just trying to make it tough for him."

Beal finished the night with 26 points, but struggled from the floor. Beal shot 9-for-28 from the floor and the Cavaliers' stingy defense was clearly a factor.

Beal and the Wizards will have a chance to get back on track on Sunday night at Capital One Arena when they host the Chicago Bulls for the final time this season.

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