Dec. 7, 2013
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Postgame Press Conference: Beilein | Robinson | McGary
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Players: Nik Stauskas | Glenn Robinson III | Mitch McGary
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #22 Michigan 107, Houston Baptist 53
Records: U-M (6-3), Houston Baptist (3-6)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Dec. 14 -- vs. Arizona (Crisler Center), Noon (TV: CBS)
Postgame Feature: Transition Assists Pace and Space Michigan Offense
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 22 AP, No. 21 ESPN/USA Today) eased to a 107-53 victory over Houston Baptist on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 7) inside Crisler Center. The 54-point margin of victory is the largest for the Wolverines under head coach John Beilein.
Sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) led all scorers with 25 points on 7-for-11 shooting, including 6-of-9 from beyond the arc, matching his career high for three-pointers made in a game. Sophomore Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) scored 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting, while freshmen Zak Irvin (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) and Derrick Walton Jr. (Harper Woods, Mich./Chandler Park Academy) each chipped in with 14 points. Sophomore Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) was Michigan's final double-digit scorer with 12 points. He also grabbed nine rebounds and matched his career high with six assists.
The Wolverines held a 60-34 lead after the first half, their largest point total for a half this season. They went 23-of-34 (68 percent) from the floor, while the Huskies shot 14-of-21 (67 percent) in the first frame.
With a 23-19 lead, the Wolverines went on an 8-0 run, which included consecutive triples from Stauskas and Robinson, putting them up 31-19 with 10:04 left in the first half. Four minutes later, another three by Stauskas made the score 43-23 and gave the Wolverines their first 20-point lead of the day.
A Stauskas triple and Robinson dunk as time expired in the half made the score 60-34.
Michigan opened with eight straight points out of the break as the lead swelled to 68-34 less than 90 seconds in and went up 40 (83-43) with 9:31 left in the game thanks to an Irvin three and free throws by sophomore Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central). That was part of an 11-0 run that lasted 2:14 and put Michigan ahead 89-43 with eight minutes left.
Then Walton made the score 96-45, sinking a pair of free throws with 5:39 remaining, and U-M earned its largest advantage of the game, 55 points, with 1:02 left.
The Maize and Blue finished the day 36-for-56 (64 percent) from the floor and 16-for-26 (62 percent) on three-pointers and assisted on 26 of 36 made baskets, with sophomore Spike Albrecht (Crown Point, Ind./Northfield Mount Hermon Prep [Mass.]) and McGary leading with six dimes each.
Houston Baptist shot 23-for-56 (39 percent) for the game and only made nine fields goals in the second half. Michigan scored 28 points off HBU's 16 turnovers, led by McGary's game-high four steals.
Michigan next takes on the Arizona Wildcats, currently ranked No. 2 nationally, who travel to Ann Arbor next Saturday (Dec. 14) to take on the Wolverines. Tipoff is scheduled for noon, and the game will be nationally televised on CBS.
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