Irvin Leads Men's Basketball to Victory Over Coppin State
Freshman guard Zak Irvin scored a career-high 24 points in leading the University of Michigan men's basketball team to an 87-45 victory over Coppin State on Friday afternoon at Crisler Center. The sellout crowd of 12,707 fans watched Irvin drain six three-pointers in 10 attempts and go 9-of-13 overall from the field.
Irvin, whose previous scoring high was 10 points in the season opener against UMass-Lowell, helped push the lead to 30 points by hitting triples on three straight second-half possessions, pushing the Michigan lead to 63-31 with 13:24 remaining in the contest.
Sophomore forward Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central HS) scored 14 points in 27 minutes of action, and sophomore guard Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central HS) added 15 points in a game-high 32 minutes. Robinson has scored in double figures in all but the Charlotte game, which he played only nine minutes due to a back injury, while LeVert has reach the plateau in five of the team's seven contests.
Michigan's leading scorer, sophomore guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]), missed today's game with an ankle injury sustained in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament game against Charlotte. Stauskas leads the Big Ten with a 20.3 scoring average.
Michigan extended its lead in the second half behind hot shooting behind the arc. The team drained 6-of-15 three-pointers after going 4-of-14 in the first half. The Wolverines received 39 points from the bench, including the 24 points from Irvin, and gained 32 points in the paint.
After trading baskets for the first half-dozen minutes of the game, the Wolverines led the Eagles, 12-10, before going on a 21-6 run. The run lasted nearly nine minutes and featured three Michigan triples, including a pair from Irvin.
U-M took a 42-23 lead to the locker room at the half behind 20 points in the paint on 10-of-13 shooting. The U-M bench chipped in 16 points, and the Wolverines converted eight forced turnovers into another 16 points.
Irvin led all scorers with 10 points in the opening half, and Robinson chipped in nine points. Both players were 4-of-6 from the field, but Irvin nailed two triples while Robinson drained one at 9:51.