Nov. 21, 2013
Site: San Juan, Puerto Rico (Coliseo Roberto Clemente)
Event: Puerto Rico Tip-Off (Quarterfinals)
Score: #14 Michigan 85, Long Beach State 61
Records: U-M (3-1), LBSU (1-4)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 22 -- vs. VCU or Florida State (San Juan, Puerto Rico), 6 p.m. AST
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 14 AP, No. 13 ESPN/USA Today) broke the Puerto Rico Tip-Off record for most team three-pointers in a game with 14 in an 85-61 victory over Long Beach State in the quarterfinal round on Thursday night (Nov. 21) at Coliseo Roberto Clemente.
Sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) finished with a career-high 24 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while sophomore Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) added 20 points in addition to his five rebounds and four assists. Michigan shot 31-of-58 (53.4 percent), including 14-of-30 (47 percent) from three.
Stauskas scored 16 points and went 3-of-4 from beyond the arc to push U-M to a 13-point first-half lead. Michigan scored the game's first seven points behind triples from freshman Derrick Walton Jr. (Harper Woods, Mich./Chandler Park Academy) and sophomore Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central).
Sophomore Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) entered the game from the bench and made his first bucket at 12:44, putting Michigan up 19-14 and igniting a 15-0 run. Stauskas hit two threes in the run, and LeVert laid in an alley-oop pass from freshman Zak Irvin (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) with 9:21 remaining in the half to give U-M a 32-14 advantage, its largest of the half.
Long Beach State responded with a 9-0 run that lasted 4:05 to get within nine points. Stauskas then scored the final six points of the half with three free throws and another triple with 50 ticks left, putting the Wolverines up 42-29 going into intermission.
U-M was 15-of-34 from the floor in the first half, including 8-of-18 from behind the three-point line.
Long Beach State came within nine points of the lead with 9:09 remaining in the game after a 12-3 run that lasted 2:47; but U-M held the 49ers scoreless in the last three minutes of the game.
LeVert's three with 2:23 left broke Houston's previous three-point record from 2007, when the Cougars hit 13 against Charleston. LeVert's shot was followed by a Stauskas free throw and a jumper by sophomore Max Bielfeldt (Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame) in the final moments.
The Wolverines outrebounded the 49ers, 34-30, and won the battle on the offensive glass, 7-6. They also beat Long Beach State in assists (18-12).
Michigan will play in the semifinal round tomorrow night (Friday, Nov. 22) at 6 p.m. AST against the winner of the Florida State and No. 10 Virginia Commonwealth matchup. The game will be televised on ESPN2 or ESPNU.
Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423