MIlwaukee, WI, United States (4E Sports) – Nik Stauskas scored 17 and had eight assists to lead the Michigan Wolverines past the Texas Longhorns, 79-65 Saturday at BMO Harris Bradley Center.
He also hit four of Michigan’s 14 3-pointers, as Texas only answered with four successful hits from beyond the arc.
Jordan Morgan added 15 points and 10 rebounds while Caris LeVert and Glenn Robinson III had 14 points each in pushing second-seeded Michigan to the NCAA’s Sweet 16.
Michigan (27-8) raced to a 30-12 lead with 7:22 in the first half as Stauskas had three 3-pointers, Zack Irvin hitting a couple and LeVert adding another.
The seventh-seeded Texas (24-11) managed to cut their deficit to 43-30 at halftime.
But Derrick Walton hit two 3-pointers in a 10-5 Michigan run that boosted their lead to 53-35 with 16:02 remaining.
Texas rallied to outscore Michigan 17-5 in the next seven minutes to trim the disparity to 58-52 with 8 minutes left.
Then Robinson scored on a jumper followed by a 3-pointer to stop Texas’ momentum.
Texas wasn’t done and closed in at 68-60 following a Jonathan Holmes dunk and an Isaiah Taylor jumper with still 3:09 remaining.
But Levert’s 3-pointer ignited an 8-0 blast to make it 76-60 with 1:05 left.
Michigan will face the winner of Sunday’s Mercer-Tennessee game.
Taylor scored 22 points for Texas on 8-for-22 shooting.