Nik Stauskas Lifts Michigan to Final Four for First Time in 20 Years
NCAA College Basketball
Freshman guard Nik Stauskas scored 19 of his 22 points, including five triples, in the first half as fourth seed Michigan made it to the Final Four for the first time in 20 years via an easy 79-59 victory over Florida Sunday at Cowboys Stadium.
The Wolverines (30-7) will face No. 4 seed Syracuse, a 55-39 winner over Marquette, Saturday for a spot in the national championship game.
Stauskas shot 7-for-8 from the field, including 6-for-6 from three-point range while guard Trey Burke finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Wolverines, who led 13-0 and 23-5 early in the opening half.
Freshman forward Mitch McGary added 11 points and nine rebounds while Tim Hardaway Jr. added nine points for Michigan.
Michigan shot 30-for-65 (46 percent) from the floor, including 10-for-19 from behind the arc while holding Florida to just 23-of-56 shooting from the field and 2-of-10 from three-point range.
Michigan's defense forced 15 Gator turnovers, including 13 steals, off which it converted 16 points. Michigan also led Florida in fastbreak points, 21-4.
Kenny Boynton and Will Yeguete scored 13 points each for the Gators, who ended their campaign with a 29-8 mark.
McGary scored four baskets, Stauskas' triple and Burke's jumper put the Wolverines ahead by 13-0 before the Gators finally put one on the board with a jumper from Yeguete.
A triple by Stauskas made it an 18-point game, 23-5, but the Gators cut the deficit to 14, with 8:21 left in the first half.
However, Stauskas hit two more from beyond the arc to give Michigan a 41-17 edge before settling for a 47-30 lead at the break.
In the second half, Michigan went scoreless in the first four minutes while the Gators scored six straight to trim the gap to 11.
Then, Jordan Morgan found Stauskas at the corner for his sixth three-point field goal to end the scoring drought and spark an 11-4 blast to extend the lead to 58-40.
Freshman guard Nik Stauskas led the way for Michigan with 22 points including six 3-pointers and Michigan blew out Florida 79-59 in the South Regional final Sunday.
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