Nov. 8, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #7 Michigan 69, UMass Lowell 42
Records: U-M (1-0), UML (0-1)
Attendance: 12,707 (sellout)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, Nov. 12 -- vs. South Carolina State (Crisler Center), 7 p.m.
Postgame Feature: LeVert, Defense Help Michigan Overcome Sluggish Shooting
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The seventh-ranked University of Michigan men's basketball team went 24 of 32 at the free throw line and used a 26-2 second-half run to defeat UMass Lowell, 69-42, in the lidlifter to the 2013-14 season Friday night (Nov. 8) in front of 12,707 fans inside Crisler Center. The Wolverines outscored the Riverhawks, 46-19, in the second half after going to the locker room tied at halftime.
Sophomore Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) led all scorers with 17 points, going 6-of-11 from the floor and adding five rebounds. He was one of three Wolverines in double figures in scoring as sophomore Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) and freshman Zak Irvin (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) had 15 and 10 points, respectively. Robinson was 7-of-10 from the charity stripe and had seven rebounds and four assists, while Irvin had a pair of three-pointers in his first game in the Maize and Blue. Senior/junior Jon Horford (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge) had a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with five points, and freshman Derrick Walton Jr. (Harper Woods, Mich./Chandler Park Academy) had six points and four assists in his first true game as a collegian.
Michigan started the game on an 8-0 run, holding the Riverhawks scoreless for the first 5:32. Sophomore Nik Stauskas' (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) three-pointer at 16:23 capped that run.
Robinson's layup at 11:51 and his free throw at 10:36 gave the Maize and Blue an 11-6 lead, before UMass Lowell tied the game at 13 with a three-pointer at 6:49.
Michigan made 10 free throws in the first half as three freebies from Stauskas and a pair by Robinson put U-M up 18-15 at the 5:34 mark. Robinson, who had 10 points in the first 20 minutes, hit a jumper at 4:52 put Michigan up five, but the Riverhawks went on a 6-0 run over a 2:01 span for its first lead of the game at 21-20. LeVert then went coast to coast for a layup to give the Wolverines a 23-21 lead with 51 seconds left, before a Tyler Livingston bucket with 23 ticks remaining sent both teams into the locker room knotted at 23.
After UMass Lowell scored the first two points of the second half, but Michigan answered with a 26-2 run over a 9:41 span. Horford had four points in row, including a dunk at 17:21.
Three free throws from Walton gave U-M a 32-25 lead, and Irvin's three-pointer swelled the lead to 40-25. Sophomore Spike Albrecht's (Crown Point, Ind./Northfield Mount Hermon [Mass.]) jumper at 9:38 made it 44-25, and LeVert capped that run with an old-fashion three-point play at 8:27, giving the Wolverines a 49-27 advantage. Walton converted on a three-point play with 5:03 left gave Michigan a 58-36 lead and five straight points by LeVert made it 69-39 at the 2:07 mark.
The Wolverines were 20-of 53 from the field (37.7 percent) and had a 39-33 rebounding advantage on the Riverhawks. Michigan had 10 steals on the night, three each by Walton and Robinson, and collected 22 of its points in the paint.
Michigan hosts South Carolina State on Tuesday night (Nov. 12) at 7 p.m. inside Crisler Center. The game will be video streamed on the Big Ten Digital Network. [ Tickets ]
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