Feb. 23, 2014
Box Score |
With today's win, Michigan completes the season sweep against Michigan State for the first time since 2011.
U-M improves to 19-7 overall this season and 11-3 in conference play, placing it first in the Big Ten Conference.
The Wolverines improve to 97-76 all-time against the Spartans with a 60-28 record in Ann Arbor. Michigan has won six of the last eight meetings between the two schools and four straight at Crisler Center.
As a team, the Maize and Blue went 27-for-54 from the field (50 percent), including 8-for-19 from beyond the arc (42.1 percent). In two meetings with the Spartans this season, U-M has shot a combined 49-for-103 (47.6 percent) from the floor, including 19-for-38 (50 percent) from three.
The Wolverines turned the ball over just once in the first half, finishing with a new season-low three turnovers while forcing 13 from the Spartans. U-M outscored MSU 14-0 off turnovers.
Michigan finished with 15 assists on 27 made field goals (55.6 percent); the team averages 14.4 per contest and assists on 55.6 percent of its made baskets (375 assists on 674 made field goals).
Nik Stauskas racked up 25 points off a career-high nine made field goals on 13 attempts (69.2 percent), with 21 points coming in the second half. Stauskas has scored a combined 44 points against MSU in two meetings this season (19 at MSU, Jan. 25, W, 80-75).
Caris LeVert finished with 23 points on 7-for-15 shooting (46.7 percent), including a 3-for-5 mark from long range (60 percent). Over his last eight games, LeVert has averaged 17.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists, shooting 45.8 percent (49-for-107) from the floor over that stretch.
The game marks the third time LeVert has cracked the 20-point barrier in the last four contests and the first time Nik Stauskas has broken that threshold since he tied a career high with 26 points at Iowa (Jan. 22, L, 85-67). The duo has combined for 17 of U-M's 20 total 20-plus point performances this season.
Glenn Robinson III finished with 15 points on 6-for-12 shooting and brought down five rebounds, registering in double-figure points for the 18th time this season.
U-M went with a starting lineup that featured Derrick Walton Jr., Nik Stauskas, Caris LeVert, Glenn Robinson III and Jordan Morgan.
Attendance for today's game was a sold-out 12,707, marking the 35th sellout in the last 40 games at Crisler Center.