Dec. 21, 2013
Site: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center)
Event: Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational
Score: Michigan 68, Stanford 65
Records: U-M (7-4), Stanford (8-3)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Dec. 28 -- vs. Holy Cross (Crisler Center), 6:30 p.m.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team pulled out a 68-65 victory over Stanford after leading by as many as 10 points in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational matchup on Saturday night (Dec. 21) at the Barclays Center.
U-M was forced to call timeout after it could not inbound the ball and then was able to pass it in to sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]), who was fouled with 7.8 seconds left. He hit both free throws, before Stanford's Chasson Randle missed the game-tying three before the buzzer.
Stauskas led the Wolverines with 19 points, while sophomore Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) was right behind with 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Freshman Zak Irvin (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) chipped in with 12 points, all coming from beyond the arc.
Michigan pulled out to a 30-27 lead at halftime. After the Wolverines missed their first five field goals of the game, Robinson made a layup, and Stauskas hit a three to tie the game at five. After a triple by Irvin put U-M up 10-7 with 11:19 to go in the half, the Wolverines never lost their lead for the rest of the night.
Robinson slammed home an alley-oop pass from freshman Derrick Walton Jr. (Harper Woods, Mich./Chandler Park Academy) to put the Wolverines up 19-15 with 8:16 left in the first. Then sophomore Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) made a free throw, and Stauskas threw down a dunk in transition to make the lead 22-15.
Michigan shot 10-for-25 (40 percent) in the first, including 5-for-18 (28 percent) from three. Robinson had 11 points before the break, and Irvin scored nine on 3-for-5 shooting from three.
With the Wolverines up 39-38, Irvin hit a three to start a 12-4 Michigan run, which put them up 51-42 with 11:04 remaining. Stauskas scored seven points during that 4:30 stretch, including a three-pointer and four free throws. Sophomore Spike Albrecht (Crown Point, Ind./Northfield Mount Hermon Prep [Mass.]) hit a three with 7:30 remaining to put the Wolverines ahead 56-46, their largest lead of the game.
However, Stanford cut the deficit to four points, 60-56, with 4:01 remaining in the contest and came within two at 64-62 with 43.6 seconds left. Robinson answered with a driving layup that gave Michigan a four-point lead with 14.1 seconds remaining. Randle immediately made the score 66-65 with only nine ticks left on an old-fashioned three-point play.
Michigan shot 21-for-52 (40 percent), went 8-for-27 (30 percent) from three and assisted on 16 of their 21 field goals, led by LeVert's five assists and four from Stauskas.
Stanford went 22-for-48 (46 percent) from the field, including 17-for-20 (85 percent) from the line. Randle led the Cardinal with 18 points, all coming in the second half, and he was 10-for-11 from the charity stripe. Stefan Nastic contributed 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting but fouled out with more than five minutes to play.
The Maize and Blue returns home to Ann Arbor next Saturday (Dec. 28) to take on Holy Cross. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423