The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 7 AP, No. 8 ESPN/USA Today) drained 15 three-pointers -- one shy of tying the school record -- in defeating South Carolina State, 93-59, on Tuesday night (Nov. 12) in front of a crowd of 12,707 at Crisler Center.
Sophomore Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) led the way with a career-high 24 points on 7-for-11 shooting, while fellow sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) was right behind with 23, also a career best. Sophomore Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) scored 12 and grabbed nine rebounds, while freshman Derrick Walton Jr. (Harper Woods, Mich./Chandler Park Academy) was Michigan's final double-digit scorer of the night, putting up 12. Senior/junior Jon Horford (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge) set a new career high in rebounds for the second straight game, pulling down 15 boards, including five from the offensive glass.
Three-point shooting was the story of the first half for the Wolverines, as they shot 12-for-19 (63 percent) from beyond the arc in the opening frame. Stauskas was a perfect 5-for-5, while LeVert ended the half 5-for-6 from downtown after hitting his first five triples.
After trading baskets to start the game, the Wolverines went on an 8-0 run that lasted only 1:46 to build a 13-7 lead. Two LeVert three-pointers sandwiched a mid-range jumper by freshman Zak Irvin (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern), bringing the U-M lead to six points after five minutes of play.
A minute later, a Horford jumper started an 11-0 run, which LeVert and Robinson punctuated with triples; Robinson finished the half with 11 points. The run lasted 2:50 and gave the Wolverines a 27-12 lead with 11:11 left in the half.
U-M ended the opening frame on a 21-4 run over an eight-minute span, which included four of Stauskas' five first-half three-pointers. He finished the half shooting a perfect 6-for-6, good for 17 points, and U-M held a 59-23 lead going into the intermission.
SCSU scored seven unanswered points midway through the second half as part of a 12-2 run, which cut Michigan's lead to 73-42 with 12:10 remaining in the game. The Wolverines came right back and responded with a 10-0 run of their own, including Walton three and a Horford put-back at 8:05 that put U-M back up 41. Less than two minutes later, Stauskas fed LeVert for a baseline layup to make the score 87-44, Michigan's largest of the night.
The Bulldogs then outscored U-M, 15-6, in the final six minutes.
The Wolverines won the rebounding battle, 43-30, and scored 28 points in the paint compared to SCSU's 18. As a team, Michigan shot 31-for-61 (51 percent), while the Bulldogs went 21-for-59 (36 percent) from the floor.
The Maize and Blue next travels to Ames, Iowa, on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 17) to play Iowa State for its first road game of the season. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. CST, and the game will be televised on ESPN2.