DALLAS -- Caris LeVert picked the wrong night to have his worst performance in a Michigan uniform.
U-M’s star shooting guard missed his first 11 shots, scoring only five points in a losing cause, as No. 19 SMU defeated Michigan 82-58 Tuesday night at Moody Coliseum.
LeVert shot 1-of-13 from the field, 0-of-6 from 3s, and came into the game averaging 18.4 points per game, and didn’t make his first field goal till there was 4:27 left in the second half.
SMU (7-0), however, had little trouble with Michigan. The Mustangs, who are ineligible to play in the postseason this year due to NCAA sanctions, shot 57.4 percent in front of the standing room only crowd. Jordan Tolbert’s 23 points and nine rebounds led the Mustangs, with Nic Moore and Keith Frazier each adding 15.
U-M (6-3), who is known for its three-point game, struggled form the outside, made 10-of-36 shots from beyond the arc at a 27.8 percent rate.
Duncan Robinson’s 15 points, including 5-of-9 from 3s, and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman 15 points paced the Wolverines in scoring. As a unit, U-M shot 21-of-59 from the field, at a 35.6 percent rate.
Robinson’s three put U-M up 11-7 just 4:18 into the game, that was U-M's biggest lead, then, well, it would be all SMU from there on out. The Mustangs would head into the halftime with 36-22 lead.
Michigan next plays host to Delaware State this Saturday at Noon ET.