Sophomores Solidify Men's Basketball Victory over Holy Cross
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.