Dec. 28, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 88, Holy Cross 66
Records: U-M (8-4), HC (6-6)
Attendance: 12,707 (sellout)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Jan. 2 -- at Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.), 6 p.m. CST
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team had four double-figure scorers and shot 55.9 percent from the floor as the Wolverines closed out non-conference play with an 88-66 win over Holy Cross Saturday night (Dec. 28) inside Crisler Center.
Sophomore Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) set a new career high with 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor and added five rebounds and a pair of assists. Classmate Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) had 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) also had 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Senior/junior Jon Horford (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge) was Michigan's fourth double-figure scorer with 10 points.
Robinson, who had 11 points in the first half, scored Michigan's first five points of the contest as his jumper at 18:02 gave the Maize and Blue a 5-2 advantage. The Wolverines went on a 10-2 run in a 2:33 span in the middle of the first half, giving U-M a nine-point cushion. A LeVert three put Michigan up 12-8 at 15:01. Irvin then had five straight points and Horford's layup at 13:18 made it 19-10 as Holy Cross called timeout.
The Crusaders cut the Michigan lead to four on three separate occasions, but a mini 6-0 run, capped by a LeVert layup, made it 31-21 with 6:23 remaining. Michigan enjoyed a 12-point lead at the break (42-30) with four free throws -- two apiece from Robinson and Horford -- in the final 1:18 of play.
The Wolverines extended their lead to 16 (55-39) before the first media timeout of the second half. Stauskas hit a pair of free throws and a three-pointer to give U-M a 51-38 lead at 16:36. Robinson's dunk was followed by fifth-year senior Jordan Morgan's (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) layup at the 15:52 mark.
The advantage grew to 22 as back-to-back threes by freshman Zak Irvin (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) and Robinson put the Wolverines on top 64-42 at 12:30. The largest lead of the contest was 28 points (79-51) on a LeVert layup with 5:07 left.
The Maize and Blue shot 59.3 percent in the first 20 minutes and outrebounded the Crusaders 37-28. Michigan also had 48 points in the paint and never trailed in the contest.
Michigan will open Big Ten Conference play on Thursday (Jan. 2) at Minnesota. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST inside Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423