ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Just four days removed from a NCAA resume building victory at N.C. State, Michigan had its sights set on an easy victory at home against Houston Baptist.
Or so they thought, anyways.
After U-M jumped out to an early 11-0 lead, Houston Baptist slowly worked its way back into the game, cutting U-M’s lead to 26-24 with 4:34 left in the first half.
Then, well, Michigan woke up.
The Wolverines, led by Caris LeVert’s game high 25-points, would go on a 11-4 run to close the half, never looking back, as Michigan defeated Houston Baptist 82-57 today at Crisler Center.
While LeVert’s 14 points paced the Wolverines in the first half, Duncan Robinson’s outside shooting set the tone in the second half for U-M. He made his first four 3s, shooting 5-of-9 from three-point range, finishing with 19 points.
Michigan (6-2) shot 47.8 percent from 3s, outpacing Houston Baptist 11-5 from beyond the arc.
Aubrey Dawkins added 16-points, including 3-of-4 from 3s.
Houston Baptist (2-6), who lost 107-53 the last time played at U-M in 2013, were led by Anthony Odunsi’s 15-points and Josh Ibarra’s 10.
LeVert led Michigan with eight rebounds, with Ricky Doyle adding seven. Michigan led 37-28 at the half.