Houston Baptist vs Michigan

Stauskas, No. 22 Michigan dominate Houston Baptist


ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Mitch McGary pulled down a rebound and began dribbling, his teammates calmly finding their spots on the floor while the 6-foot-10 big man showed off his point guard skills.

After a brief pause, McGary kept right on going, all the way to the basket for a three-point play.

''Any time he gets a rebound, and he's just going by himself, we're OK with that,'' Michigan guard Nik Stauskas said. ''I don't think anyone wants to step in front of him.''

McGary had 12 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and No. 22 Michigan overwhelmed Houston Baptist 107-53 on Saturday, reaching its highest point total in over 15 years. Stauskas scored 17 of his 25 points in the first half, when the Wolverines were nearly flawless on the offensive end.

Michigan (6-3) bounced back quickly from a loss at Duke. The Wolverines 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.

''We came in and played quite a bit of zone in the first half and Stauskas was shooting right over the top of our shorter wings,'' Houston Baptist coach Ron Cottrell said. ''So we went to man and I think it was more effective for us to make them run their man offense.''

About the only anxious moment for Michigan came with 16:44 left in the game, when 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.

''Mitch would be unique,'' Michigan coach John Beilein said. ''We've got to embrace his strengths, while we just clean up things that are really important to helping us be a good team.''

McGary went from one end of the court to the other for his 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.

''I'd like to keep doing it as long as I don't turn the ball over,'' McGary said. ''You don't really see guys doing it my size, but it's just what comes natural.''

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.

''Obviously the Duke game, it was a struggle for all of us, pretty much,'' Stauskas said. ''To get back out here and hit some shots and get a win, that definitely helps with our confidence.''

Against Houston Baptist, Michigan had no trouble finding open shots. McGary led the 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.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC is strictly prohibited.
Michigan's Mitch McGary goes in for two of his 12 points as the Wolverines cruise to an easy win over the Huskies. (USATSI)
Michigan's Mitch McGary goes in for two of his 12 points as the Wolverines cruise to an easy win over the Huskies. (USATSI)
Houston Baptist (3-6)341953
Michigan #22 (6-3) «6047107
HOUBP:R. Vilde 10 Pts
HOUBP:C. Stetler 5 Reb
HOUBP:T. Russell 4 Ast
MICH:N. Stauskas 25 Pts
MICH:M. McGary 9 Reb
MICH:S. Albrecht 6 Ast

Related Video


CBSSports Shop

Men's Nike White Villanova Wildcats 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball National Champions Locker Room T-Shirt

Villanova Wildcats 2016 National Champs
Get the Locker Room Gear!
Shop Now

Houston BaptistMichigan
Rob Lewis
Nik Stauskas
Houston Baptist Huskies
M. Smith, G284-100-03329
T. Russell, G273-100-04418
C. Joyce, F262-61-23215
R. Lewis, G244-92-230310
R. Vilde, F-C225-50-020410
C. Crayton, G-F191-40-00042
C. Stetler, C121-40-05012
J. Barton, G101-30-01103
A. Fountain, F101-10-00002
C. Lasher, F100-20-00020
R. Chukwujekwu, G70-20-02020
M. Turner, G31-20-01002
J. Gonzalez, G20-10-00000
D. Womack, FDid Not Play
Totals 23-593-424102053
Michigan Wolverines
N. Stauskas, G287-115-524025
C. LeVert, G261-42-20124
G. Robinson III, F256-93-344017
M. McGary, F235-72-396212
D. Walton Jr., G223-35-613214
Z. Irvin, G205-71-211014
S. Albrecht, G181-10-02613
J. Horford, F113-60-06006
J. Morgan, F92-20-21004
M. Bielfeldt, F62-20-00024
A. Dakich, G31-20-01003
C. McConnell, G30-11-21001
S. Lonergan, F30-10-00000
B. Anlauf, F30-00-00100
M. Donnal, FDid Not Play
Totals 36-5619-2528269107
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
SF Austin0-010-1107
Abil Chr.0-07-4236
Incarn Word0-05-3252
Sam Houston0-06-5233
SE Louisiana0-06-5181
C. Arkansas0-06-6223
Nicholls St.0-05-5171
Hou. Baptist0-04-7307
Nwestern St.0-03-6283
Texas A&M-CC0-03-6341
McNeese St.0-03-7332
New Orleans0-02-7259

Big Ten
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Michigan St.2-010-12
Ohio St.2-09-342
Penn St.1-19-3125
Other games
UCLA 71 Final
ULL 74 Final
LOU 113
NWST 76 Final
BYU 96 Final
MASS 105
MU 64 Final
KAN 72 Final
CCSU 56 Final
UNLV 58 Final
NOVA 98 Final
NIOWA 82 Final
BING 65 Final
SYR 93
ORAL 58 Final
DAYT 75 Final
DRKE 66 Final
NMST 68 Final