Nov. 4, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #7 Michigan 79, Wayne State 60 (exhibition)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 8 -- vs. UMass-Lowell (Crisler Center), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 7 AP, No. 9 ESPN/USA Today) rode its 16-point lead in the first half to defeat Wayne State, 79-60, on Monday night (Nov. 4) at Crisler Center in the final exhibition game before the start of the regular season.
Four Wolverines scored in double figures, with sophomore guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) leading the way with 17 points and four assists, while fellow sophomore guard Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) was right behind with 16 points and a trio of assists off the bench. Sophomore forward Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) scored 15 points of his own, and freshman guard Zak Irvin (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) added 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting. Wayne State's Bryan Coleman led all scorers with 25 points.
Michigan led by as many as 17 in the first half on 15-for-23 (65 percent) shooting from the field, including 7-for-11 (64 percent) from beyond the arc. Irvin was a perfect 3-for-3 from downtown, hitting all three consecutively for the Wolverines. His third triple made the score 21-13 with 8:54 remaining in the first.
U-M finished the half on a 4-0 run, marked by an alley-oop from Stauskas to Robinson thrown from behind the three-point line. LeVert followed with a layup to make the score 46-30 going into the half.
Foul trouble prevented Wayne State from making a comeback in the second half, as Michigan was in the bonus with more than 10:00 left in the game. The Warriors went on a 9-2 run midway through the half, with both of Michigan's points coming from the line. Two more free throws by LeVert ended the run, and then an Irvin basket and Robinson dunk put U-M back up by 19 with nine minutes remaining in the game.
Stauskas made a layup on a quick feed from Robinson with 5:12 remaining, then hit a three on the next possession to give Michigan a 72-50 lead. A LeVert layup with 1:36 made the score 79-56 and gave Michigan its largest lead of the night at 23 points.
Michigan finished the night on 22-for-46 (52 percent) shooting from the field, while Wayne State shot just 23-for-63 (37 percent). The Wolverines were 22-for-28 (79 percent) from the free throw line, while the Warriors made seven of their 10 attempts from the charity stripe.
The Maize and Blue opens the regular season on Friday night (Nov. 8) when it hosts UMass-Lowell inside Crisler Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., and the game can be viewed on the Big Ten Network. The evening will also feature the NCAA Final Four banner raising.
Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423