Michigan sophomore Nik Stauskas struggled to break free from tight Duke defense in Tuesday's loss.…
Wolverines Ravage Houston Baptist, 107-53
The Wolverines (6-3) bounced back from a loss at Duke with a nearly flawless offensive show in the first half. Michigan led 60-34 at halftime after shooting 68 percent from the field -- 10 of 16 from 3-point range -- and committing only one turnover.
The Wolverines ended up tying a school record for 3-pointers with 16.
Glenn Robinson III scored 17 points for Michigan, which picked Houston Baptist's zone apart and punished the Huskies (3-6) in transition.
Michigan had not scored this many points since a 112-64 win over Indiana on Feb. 22, 1998.
Rob Lewis and Ricmonds Vilde scored 10 points each for Houston Baptist.
About the only anxious moment for Michigan came with 16:44 left in the game, when star big man Mitch McGary took a hard fall near the basket and appeared to hurt his right leg. But he was able to get up and made a point of running hard to the bench when a replacement entered the game. When he got back to the sideline, McGary began waving his arms and the crowd responded.
He was back in the game less than two minutes later.
At times, the 6-foot-10 McGary looked ready to take over as Michigan's point guard. After pulling down a defensive rebound, he dribbled from one end of the court to the other before driving to the basket for a three-point play with 9:04 to go.
Moments later, he pulled off a similar effort, but this time McGary found Stauskas in the corner for a 3-pointer and an 89-43 lead.
It's been an uneven start to the season for the Wolverines, who lost guards Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. to the NBA. In Tuesday's 79-69 loss to Duke, Stauskas was held to four points and attempted only two shots from the field.
Against Houston Baptist, Michigan had no trouble finding open shots. McGary led the Michigan fast break a couple times early in the game, making a nice pass to Stauskas for a dunk on one transition opportunity.
The Huskies shot terrifically early, but it was no use with Michigan scoring seemingly at will. At one point, Houston Baptist was 9 of 12 from the field and 3 of 4 from 3-point range -- but still trailed by 10. Stauskas and Robinson made back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 29-19, and another 3 by Stauskas made it 43-23.
Robinson, who has had a quiet season so far, dunked just before the buzzer to stretch Michigan's lead to 26 at halftime. It was a remarkable margin considering Houston Baptist was shooting 67 percent from the field and had gone 4 of 6 from 3-point range.
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