MILWAUKEE — Guard Nik Stauskas made four 3-pointers and finished with 17 points Saturday as Michigan knocked off Texas, 79-65, in a third round Midwest Regional game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Michigan came out firing, making 15-of-28 shots in the first half, but cooled off considerably and finished at only 44 percent for the game.
However, the Wolverines were good all day from long distance, connecting on 14-of-28 shots from behind the arc, hitting six 3-pointers in the second half.
Forward Jordan Morgan made 7-of-8 free throws to finish with 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Guard Caris LeVert and forward Glenn Robinson III each added 14 for Michigan, which moved onto the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season.
The Longhorns trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half and came out of the break slowly, missing five of their first seven shots but finally found a way back midway through the second.
Offensive rebounds were Texas’ biggest weapons, as the Longhorns conveyed 16 offensive boards into 15 points, to make it a nine-point game with 9:56 to play.
Texas finished with 19 points on 21 offensive rebounds for the game and held a 41-30 advantage on the boards.
But the Wolverines had just too much of a cushion. Every time Texas got within single digits, Michigan answered and the Longhorns couldn’t get closer than six points.
Guard Isiah Taylor finished with 22 points and guard Martez Walker added 14 for the Longhorns, who shot 37 percent from the field, missing 7-of-11 3-point shots.
Guard Caris LeVert hit four of his first six shots from the field and knocked down two 3-pointers as Michigan set the pace early, scoring 10 points on the fast break to take a 43-30 lead into halftime.
NOTES: Texas has not advanced to the Sweet 16 since 2008, when the second-seeded Longhorns defeated Austin Peay, Miami and Stanford before losing to Memphis in the South Regional Final. … Longhorns G Martez Walker had scored in double figures in three of his previous four games and was averaging 11.3 points per game during that stretch. He scored 14 against Michigan. … Michigan and Texas faced off in Milwaukee during the 1996 NCAA Tournament. The seventh-seeded Wolverines fell to No. 10 Texas, 80-76, in a game that was later vacated because of NCAA sanctions. … Michigan F Glenn Robinson III’s father, Glenn Robinson, spent 10 years playing in the Bradley Center with the Milwaukee Bucks.
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