On the strength of 14 three-point baskets, the Michigan Wolverines beat the Texas Longhorns, 79-65, at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee on Saturday to advance to the "Sweet 16" of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. In that next round of the college basketball postseason extravaganza, the Wolverines -- the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region -- will play the winner of the Sunday matchup between Tennessee and Mercer.
Nik Stauskas topped U-M in scoring, as the sophomore guard accounted for 17 points, 12 of which came on three-point attempts. Stauskas also tallied eight assists to help pace a balanced scoring attack that saw four of the five Michigan starters finish in double figures. Jordan Morgan had 15 points, while Glenn Robinson III and Caris LeVert had 14 points apiece. The lone Wolverine starter not in double figures was Derrick Walton Jr., who had eight points. Leading all scorers on the day was Texas guard Isaiah Taylor with 22 points.
The Maize and Blue led by as many as 18 points in both halves, but the Longhorns made a comeback attempt in the second stanza and cut the Wolverine lead to six points with just over eight minutes remaining. Michigan soon re-asserted control, however, and its last eight points came on free throws, as Texas was forced to foul late in the contest.
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