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UM Men's Hoops Two-Steps Past Texas in NCAA Tourney

The No. 2-seeded University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 7 AP, No. 8 ESPN/USA Today) advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the second consecutive year, making a tournament program-record 14 three-pointers in defeating No. 7-seeded Texas, 79-65, on Saturday (March 22) inside the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Sophomore Caris LeVert's (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) triple at 14:18 of the first half put U-M up, 9-6, and for good.

Sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) led Michigan with 17 points and tied his career high with eight assists. Graduate student Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while sophomores Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) and LeVert each scored 14 points.

Stauskas hit a three for the first basket of the game, but Texas responded with three straight buckets to take a 6-3 lead. Then Stauskas knocked down another triple to start a 10-0 Wolverine run, and Morgan dunked at 13:12 to make the score 13-6.

An old-fashioned three-point play by LeVert made the score 22-10 with 10:35 left in the first half, and freshman Zak Irvin (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) made a triple at 7:22 to put Michigan ahead 30-12. Robinson threw down a dunk off a high alley-oop pass from Stauskas to give U-M a 36-18 lead with 3:39 to go in the first, and LeVert's three with 1:20 left put the Maize and Blue up 43-26. Texas' Isaiah Taylor scored the last four points of the half to make score 43-30 going into the break.

Michigan shot 15-of-28 (54 percent) in the first half and went 8-of-15 (53 percent) from three. Texas went 12-of-30 (40 percent) from the floor and made two of its three attempts from long distance (67 percent). LeVert had a team-high 11 points in the half, while Taylor led all scorers with 12.

Derrick Walton Jr. (Harper Woods, Mich./Chandler Park Academy) drained a three, and Stauskas converted two freebies to put the Wolverines ahead 53-35 with 15:20 left in the game, before the Longhorns answered with an 8-0 run, forcing Michigan to call timeout at 11:55. Stauskas hit a three out of the stoppage, but Texas came back with five straight points to make the score 56-48 with 9:56 remaining.

The Longhorns came within six points of the lead after a Taylor floater brought the score to 58-52 with 8:04 left, but Michigan countered with five points from Robinson. Sophomore Spike Albrecht (Crown Point, Ind./Northfield Mount Hermon Prep [Mass.]) then made a corner three with 6:10 left to reclaim the double-digit lead.

After a Taylor jumper cut Texas' deficit to 68-60, LeVert nailed a triple from the left wing to start an 8-0 run, capped when Morgan made a free throw with 1:05 left.

U-M shot 24-of-54 (44 percent) for the game and made 14 of 28 attempts from three (50 percent). Texas shot 23-of-62 (37 percent) and went 4-of-11 (36 percent) from beyond the arc. The Longhorns won the rebounding battle, 41-30, and Taylor led all scorers with 22 points.

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