Feb. 24, 2014
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- University of Michigan men's basketball sophomore guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Marks [Mass.]) has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week for the third time this season, as announced today (Monday, Feb. 24) by the conference office.
In U-M's only game of the week, Stauskas used a game-high 25 points to lead the Wolverines to a 79-70 victory over Michigan State at Crisler Center and a season sweep of the intrastate rival. He shot 9-for-13 from the field, including a 3-for-5 performance from long range, and was 4-for-6 on free throws. Stauskas added five assists and three rebounds and did not commit a foul in 37 minutes of action.
After scoring four points, grabbing two rebounds and dishing two assists in the first half, Stauskas exploded with 21 points in the second half as he shot 7-for-10 with three triples as well as recording three more assists, including a highlight-reel alley-oop pass to Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central). Stauskas did not come out the entire second half, playing all 20 minutes, as the Wolverines (19-7, 11-3 Big Ten) moved to the top of the Big Ten standings, a half game ahead of the Spartans (11-4 Big Ten).
The Wolverines will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to take on Purdue this Wednesday night (Feb. 26) at Mackey Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Tom Wywrot