from staff and wire reports
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Freshman Zak Irvin scored all 16 of his points in the first half, and No. 10 Michigan breezed to a 79-50 victory over Nebraska Wednesday night.
The Wolverines (17-5 overall, 9-1 Big Ten) were coming off their first conference defeat, a 63-52 loss at Indiana on Sunday. They nearly matched that scoring total with a 49-point first half against the Cornhuskers (11-10, 3-6).
Glenn Robinson III led Michigan with 23 points, and Caris LeVert added 16 points with seven rebounds and five assists. Nik Stauskas had nine points, eight assists and five rebounds.
Shavon Shields scored 13 points for Nebraska.
Michigan finished 13 of 31 from 3-point range despite a late dry spell from beyond the arc.
Nebraska had won three of four coming into Wednesday, but the Cornhuskers were overwhelmed from the opening tip against Michigan. Robinson opened the scoring with a dunk off an alley-oop pass, and after two 3-pointers by LeVert, it was 8-0.
Robinson threw down a one-handed dunk off a pass from Stauskas to make it 32-15 — then Irvin took center stage. The 6-foot-6 freshman, who has an odd-looking release on his high-arcing shot, scored nine straight points — all on 3-pointers — to make it 43-15.
Irvin, who was averaging 6.5 points entering the game, seemed to grow more excited with each shot he made. The last one looked short, but it nicked off the front of the rim, bounced up and dropped straight through.
It was 49-21 at halftime, and Michigan led by as many as 41 points in the second half.
Stauskas, Michigan’s leading scorer, took only six shots in the loss to Indiana. That led to some concern about whether the Wolverines could adjust to defenses geared to stop the 6-6 sophomore. He took only three shots Wednesday, but this time there were plenty of other scoring options for Michigan.
The Wolverines were nearly flawless offensively for the first 30 minutes. They shot 62.5 percent from the field in the first half, going 9 of 17 from 3-point range. Michigan finished 14 of 14 on free throws.
The Wolverines are in the middle of a five-games-in-13-days stretch, but they were able to ease through the second half in this one. Next up for Michigan: road games against No. 17 Iowa and Ohio State.
Nebraska’s Terran Petteway was held to five points, and Ray Gallegos scored only three.
Bowling Green 76
TOLEDO — Justin Drummond scored 22 points and J.D. Weatherspoon added 13 rebounds as the University of Toledo held on to defeat arch-rival Bowling Green State University 83-76 Wednesday night at Savage Arena.
The Rockets (19-3 overall, 7-2 Mid-American Conference) jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the first 4:15 of the game and led the rest of the way.
Weatherspoon finished with 12 points and Rian Pearson added 16. Drummond went 10 of 11 from the free-throw line.
Bowling Green (10-12, 4-5) climbed within two after a 6-0 run with 15:21 left to play. A 3-pointer by Drummond gave the Rockets a six-point lead with 5:25 left, but the Falcons managed to once again get back within two.
Consistent free-throw shooting (29 of 35, 82.9 percent) kept Toledo ahead.
Jehvon Clarke and Anthony Henderson led Bowling Green with 23 points each. Clarke finished with eight assists and Cameron Black added 10 rebounds for the Falcons.
Bowling Green 72,
Western Michigan 50
BOWLING GREEN — Bowling Green State University scored the first 11 points of the second half Wednesday night and pulled away for a 72-50 Mid-American Conference victory over Western Michigan at the Stroh Center.
Jillian Halfhill hit a career-high six 3-pointers on nine attempts and finished with 22 points as the Falcons improved to 19-3 overall and 9-1 in the MAC.
Bowling Green’s lead was just 32-30 at halftime, but Halfhill, Alexis Rogers and Erica Donovan each hit a 3-pointer to fuel the run to a 43-30 advantage in the first 3 minutes of the second half.
The Falcons went on to lead by as many as 26 points.
Rogers finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and five steals, while Donovan had 12 points and five boards. Jill Stein led the Falcons in rebounds with nine, and Miriam Justinger passed for five assists.
Miracle Woods’ double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds led the Broncos (9-12, 5-5). Jessica Jessing, a high school teammate of BGSU’s Justinger at Sylvania Northview, scored 11 points and A.J. Johnson tossed in 10.
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