ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Caris LeVert had a night for the Michigan basketball record books.
U-M’s star notched his first career triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, as U-M won its second game in a row, defeating Northern Kentucky 77-62 Tuesday night at Crisler Center.
"I just knew he was having a really good game," said Michigan coach John Beilein on LeVert's 0 0 1 2 12 Josh Newkirk 1 1 13 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE performance. "When everybody started cheering, I asked 'What just happened? Are they giving out free hamburgers or something when you score a certain amount of points? I didn't know what was going on. You guys could see all that stuff, I just knew he was having a really good game."
LeVert’s historic night makes him the fourth Wolverine to notch a triple-double, and the first since Darius Morris achieved the feat in 2011. Former U-M greats Gary Grant (1987) and Manny Harris (2009) also join LeVert in the triple-double club.
"It's an honor to be mentioned with Gary Grant, Darius and Manny, it's just a blessing," LeVert said.
Duncan Robinson led Michigan (8-3) with 18 points, making 6-of-7 from 3s. Derrick Walton Jr. scored 16 points in his first game action since hurting his ankle in U-M’s 66-59 win at N.C. State on Dec. 1.
Northern Kentucky’s (2-6) Jalen Billups led NK with16 points, with Cole Murray adding 15.
Michigan next plays host to Youngstown State on Saturday at 6 p.m.