Nov. 24, 2013
Site: San Juan, Puerto Rico (Coliseo Roberto Clemente)
Event: Puerto Rico Tip-Off (Final)
Score: Charlotte 63, #14 Michigan 61
Records: U-M (4-2), Charlotte (5-1)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 29 -- vs. Coppin State (Crisler Center), 3 p.m. ET (TV: BTN)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After fighting back from a double-digit deficit in the second half to tie the contest with nine seconds remaining, the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 14 AP, No. 13 ESPN/USA Today) allowed a go-ahead tip-in with one tick left to fall, 63-61, to Charlotte on Sunday night (Nov. 24) in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off final inside Coliseo Roberto Clemente.
Charlotte's Terrence Williams hit a layup with less a second remaining to secure the tournament title for the 49ers. Down 61-58, sophomore Spike Albrecht (Crown Point, Ind./Northfield Mount Hermon Prep [Mass.]) drove the basket and drew a foul with 14 seconds remaining in the game. He hit the first free throw but missed the second, and graduate student Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) fought for the rebound, forcing a jump ball and winning possession for Michigan under its own basket.
Albrecht inbounded the ball right to sophomore Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]), who was wide open under the hoop to tie the score at 61 with less than nine seconds left. Charlotte then rushed down the court, getting the ball to Williams and winning the game in the last moments.
Michigan had to fight back after going down 35-30 at halftime and 42-30 with 16:23 left. Sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]), who was named the Puerto Rico Tip-Off MVP, led the way with 16 points in the first, making up for the absence of sophomore Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central), who picked up his second foul less than two minutes into the game and did not return in the half. The Wolverines started the game shooting just 3-of-25 and finished the first half going 8-of-34 (24 percent) from the floor. They kept it close thanks to a 11-of-13 effort from the charity stripe before halftime.
Stauskas led all scorers with 20 points on the night, playing on a hurt ankle for much of the second half; he rolled it on a play driving to the basket and had a noticeable limp afterward. Sophomore Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) also was injured in the game and only played nine minutes. He landed hard on his back after getting fouled on a drive to the basket only 2:25 into the game. He stayed in for a few more possessions before being taken out and played sparingly for the rest of the contest. He finished with four points, all from the free throw line.
LeVert ended with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field. He only logged 22 minutes of play due to his early foul trouble but did not commit a single foul in the second half. McGary and Morgan led U-M in rebounding, grabbing nine apiece. McGary also had four steals for Michigan, which had 12 thefts as a team compared to Charlotte's six.
The 49ers shot 26-of-66 (39 percent), including 6-of-13 (63 percent) from behind the arc, while the Maize and Blue shot 19-of-61 (31 percent) and 5-of-23 (22 percent) from three. Charlotte won the rebounding battle, 47-41, behind Willie Clayton, who grabbed a game-high 15 boards on the night.
The Wolverines return to action on Friday (Nov. 29) against Coppin State inside Crisler Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m., and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423