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December 28, 2013
INSTANT RECAP: Michigan 88, Holy Cross 66
Michigan started Jordan Morgan in place of Mitch McGary in Saturday night's 88-66 win over Holy Cross, and Morgan played with a sense of purpose. He defended well, grabbed an offensive rebound and took a charge in the first four minutes, while Glenn Robinson III got the Wolverines off to a good start with a triple and a two-point jumper to set the tone offensively.
The Crusaders matched Michigan bucket for bucket early, though, and trailed only 9-8 at the first TV timeout until sophomore Caris LeVert nailed a triple to provide a four-point cushion. Freshman Zak Irvin provided a triple and two of three free throws after being fouled on another attempt for six points on his first two touches.
U-M opened up a 19-10 lead, but Holy Cross guard Eric Green, a former teammate of Stauskas, was deadly early in helping his team stay close.
The Wolverines ran early and often, and Robinson was on his game in transition, scoring several points in the first half on the break in leading U-M. Walton rebounded well to lead the break, setting up four easy points for LeVert, and head coach John Beilein called off the post double to concentrate on the Crusaders' shooters, and it helped. The Wolverines opened a 31-21 lead.
U-M continued to work in transition. Walton Jr. took one all the way, Robinson made two free throws after breaking out - it led to a 42-30 lead at the break and a nice offensive performance. Holy Cross didn't shoot a free throw in the first half and Stauskas didn't attempt a triple.
Robinson led the way with 15 points in the first half, while LeVert added 10.
Burrell nailed a triple to open the half, but Stauskas responded with a drive and tough finish in traffic, followed by a steal and similar finish from LeVert. A scramble led to Burrell's second triple, making it a 10-point game at 18:00.
Stauskas finally got a look from the corner on a pass from Walton and tripled from the corner to make it 51-38 at 16:35.
U-M continued to play with great energy. Morgan finished a pick and roll, the defense was solid and the big men helped make up for Mitch McGary's absence. A drive and lefty finish from Stauskas gave the Wolverines their biggest lead, 58-40, at 14:00. Irvin's triple from the corner after two Holy Cross free throws expanded the lead. Another from Robinson from the same spot made it 64-42, and the rout was on.
The two teams traded buckets for a bit before Spike Albrecht got into the scoring column at 7:50 with a triple that made it 71-49. Stauskas capped the starters' scoring with a triple from the corner at 1:45, making it 86-64 on the way to a solid win.
Robinson III notched 23 points and five rebounds, LeVert added 16 points and seven boards, Stauskas notched 16, six and four assists, Horford 10 and five, Irvin scored eight and Morgan notched six point and five rebounds.
Michigan finishes the non-conference portion of its schedule 8-4 and opens Big Ten play at Minnesota.