Nov. 21, 2013
With today's 85-61 victory over Long Beach State, John Beilein earned his 125th victory as Michigan's head coach (125-86).
U-M set a Puerto Rico tournament record with 14 made three-pointers (14-of-30, 46.7 pct.). The previous mark was 13 by Houston against Charleston in 2007.
Sophomore guard Nik Stauskas led the Wolverines with a game- and career-high 24 points. Stauskas converted 7-of-10 field goals, including 4-of-6 from three and 6-of-8 from the free throw line. He also contributed three assists and four rebounds.
With a pair of made free throws at 15:47 of the second half, Stauskas reached the 500-point plateau as a Wolverine. Stauskas has 506 career points.
Stauskas has scored 20 or more points in three straight contests (23 vs. South Carolina State and 20 at Iowa State) for the first time in his career.
Stauskas was the only player to reach double figures in points in the first half, tallying 16 points, two rebounds and one assist. He converted 5-of-7 shots, including 3-of-4 from three-point land, and all three free throws during the opening 20 minutes.
Stauskas scored 11 of Michigan's final 15 points in the first half.
Sophomore guard Caris LeVert was the team's second-leading scorer with 20 points. He hit 8-of-13 from the field, including 4-of-7 from three. LeVert added five rebounds and four assists.
Sophomore forward Glenn Robinson III scored in double digits for the fourth straight game, completing the contest with 14 points, two rebounds and four assists.
Robinson and LeVert scored seven points apiece in the first half.
Freshman point guard Derrick Walton Jr. scored nine points in the contest on three triples. He finished the contest with a team-high seven rebounds and three assists after scoring six points and four rebounds in the first half.
U-M hit seven of its first nine three-point attempts in the contest and finished the opening 20 minutes having converted 8-of-17 (.471) from beyond the arc.
U-M held a 42-29 lead at intermission after shooting 15-of-34 (44.1 pct.) from the field in the half.
After Long Beach State cut the lead to within a basket (17-14) at 12:41, the Wolverines went on a 15-0 run over the next three-plus minutes to gain a 32-14 edge at 9:17 of the first half.
Michigan scored the game's first seven points and held a 12-5 lead during the first four minutes. The span featured Derrick Walton knocking down a pair of threes and Glenn Robinson III tallying a triple and free throw.
Michigan has started the same lineup in the first four games of the season: G Derrick Walton Jr., G Caris LeVert, G Nik Stauskas, F Glenn Robinson III and F Jon Horford.
Today's game was the first-ever meeting between Michigan and Long Beach State.
This is the second time that Michigan has played in Puerto Rico. The Wolverines participated in the 1997 Puerto Rico Holiday Classic.