March 20, 2014
Site: Milwaukee, Wis. (BMO Harris Bradley Center)
Event: NCAA Tournament (Second Round)
Score: #7 Michigan 57, Wofford 40
Records: U-M (26-8), WOF (20-13)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 22 -- vs. Texas - NCAA Tournament Third Round (Milwaukee, Wis.), 4:15 p.m. CDT
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- The No. 2-seeded University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 7 AP, No. 8 ESPN/USA Today) defeated No. 15-seeded Wofford, 57-40, on Thursday night (March 20) to advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament inside BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Graduate student Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) recorded his second double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) eclipsed the 1,000-point scoring mark for his career with 15 points on 5-9 shooting, including 3-of-6 from three. Sophomore Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) posted 14 points and seven rebounds, while his classmate Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) finished with six points, five rebounds and four assists.
Wofford made its first two shots to take a 4-0 lead to start the game but missed its next 10 attempts. In that time, the Wolverines scored eight points, before a Jaylen Allen jumper made the score 8-6 at the 12:26 mark. Up 12-8, the Maize and Blue went on an 8-0 run in less than three minutes, and Stauskas hit a baseline jumper to make the score 20-8 at 8:09.
U-M went up 27-14 after a Robinson jumper with 3:14 left in the half, and he hit a three less than a minute later to give Michigan a 14-point lead at 30-16, the largest of the half. Two Stauskas free throws with 25 ticks left put the Wolverines ahead 34-20 going into the intermission.
Michigan shot 14-of-22 (64 percent) in the first half and went 3-of-6 (50 percent) from three. Wofford was 9-of-28 (32 percent) on field goals and missed all eight of its three-point attempts. Robinson led with 11 first-half points, while Stauskas was right behind with nine.
The Wolverines scored the first four points of the second half to take an 18-point lead, but Wofford came back with eight straight points to make the score 38-28 at 13:01.
The Terriers came within eight points of the lead when Justin Gordon nailed a jumper to make the score 43-35 with 6:55 left in the game, but Michigan responded with a put back by Robinson and a triple by LeVert from the top of the key, making the score 50-35 and forcing Wofford to call timeout with 4:17 to play. Wofford made a basket out of the stoppage, but freshman Derrick Walton Jr. (Harper Woods, Mich./Chandler Park Academy) made a dagger three at the other end to put the Wolverines up 53-37 with 3:39 remaining.
U-M finished the night shooting 22-of-46 (48 percent) from the floor and made seven of its 17 attempts from three (41 percent). Wofford shot 18-of-53 (34 percent) for the game and made only one three out of 19 attempts (5 percent). The Wolverines outrebounded the Terriers, 25-18, and assisted on 15 of their 22 made field goals.
Michigan will play No. 7 seed Texas on Saturday (March 22) in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Tip is 4:15 p.m. CDT on CBS.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423