Stauskas Returns to Scoring Ways vs. HB

Nik Stauskas by Rick Osentoski

Michigan sophomore Nik Stauskas struggled to break free from tight Duke defense in Tuesday's loss. Saturday in a win over Houston Baptist, Stauskas returned to form leading the Wolverines with 25 points.

ANN ARBOR—Both shoes were tied tight and on the court, ankle looking just fine for sophomore guard Nik Stauskas, leading Michigan in scoring with 25 points including 6-of-9 three point attempts in the Wolverines’ 107-53 win over Houston Baptist Saturday.

Stauskas was limited to just four points and zero field goals in Tuesday night’s loss at Duke.

“He bounced back,” Michigan coach John Beilein said afterward. “Obviously they played a different defense so he got himself open some, they stayed in that zone for a while and when they ended up going man to man but still he’s just sort of finding his spots.

“I liked when we put him at the off guard in the last couple of minutes I think he had two assists in that short time. So he’s continuing to improve and know his spots and buy into defense as well.”

After running with a slight limp in Durham Tuesday Stauskas appeared to be healthier, showing no effects of the sprained ankle on either end of the floor.

“I think I’m about like 90 (percent),” Stauskas said. “It’s still, it’s not even really hurting anymore, it’s kind of a little bit of stiffness so we’re just doing treatment right now to get rid of that pretty much.”

Stauskas got it going early against Houston Baptist knocking down six of his first nine shot attempts on his way to 17 first half points in 18 minutes of play.

“It felt really good,” Stauskas said. “Obviously the Duke game was a struggle for us pretty much. To get back out here and hit some shots and get a win that definitely helps with our confidence.”

Now with a full week of practice before their next game, Michigan will turn their attention to the Arizona Wildcats who will most likely head to Crisler Center as the No. 1 ranked team in America.

Stauskas will have his chance at redemption in front of a national audience as well.

“Obviously we know Arizona is going to be a great team and it’s going to be a great week of practice coming up,” Stauskas said. “I think today we did a good job of taking a step forward from that Duke game and getting ready.

“Like I said, this week is going to be big for us.”

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