ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Led by Derrick Walton Jr.’s first career triple-double, Michigan made easy work of Youngstown State 105-46 Saturday night at Crisler Center.
Walton Jr., who finished with 10 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, is the fifth Michigan player ever to achieve the triple-double state line in U-M’s history. His historic night, comes just five days after teammate Caris LeVert earned Michigan’s fourth ever triple-double in Tuesday’s 77-62 win against Northern Kentucky. Along with LeVert, Walton Jr. joins former U-M greats Darius Morris (2011), Manny Harris (2009) and Gary Grant (1987) in the triple-double club in U-M's basketball history.
"The ball needs to go your way to get a rebound," said Michiga coach John Beilein after he was told Walton Jr. was close to achiving his triple-double. "He got a couple real quick,"
Michigan (9-3) finished with five players in double digit scoring, along with Walton Jr., Caris LeVert and Aubrey Dawkins led the Wolverines with 19 points each., with Duncan Robinson adding 14.
U-M shot 61.5 percent from the field, shooting 12-of-13 from 3s at 40.0 percent rate.
"We've made some really big steps to win this game," said Beilein.
Youngstown State (5-7) shot 29.8 percent, making only 11 field goals on the night. Cameron Morse led YSU with 10 points.
Michigan outrebounded the Penguins 46-23, and led 55-22 at the half.
U-M next plays host to Bryant on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.