No. 14 Michigan runs past Long Beach St. 85-61
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP)
Nik Stauskas finished with 23 points, Caris LeVert had 20 and No. 14 Michigan made a tournament-record 14 3-pointers in beating a scrappy Long Beach State 85-61 Thursday in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Michigan led by 18 in the first half, before their lead was trimmed to 10 with nine minutes to play.
But it was able to hold on thanks to the long-range jumpers. Stauskas and LeVert had four apiece.
The win also sets up a potential rematch on Friday with No. 10 Virginia Commonwealth, who the Wolverines beat in last year's NCAA tournament. VCU was paired with Florida State in the Tip-Off's final game Thursday night.
A.J. Spencer and Mike Caffey each had 12 points to lead Long Beach State, which lost its fourth straight game.