ANN ARBOR, Mich. – For a second consecutive game, Nik Stauskas was held to only a few shot attempts from the field.
This time, Michigan didn’t need much scoring from its standout sophomore.
“I’m never going to be a player that forces shots,” Stauskas said. “If my teammates are open, I’m going to find them.”
Freshman Zak Irvin scored all 16 of his points in the first half, and No. 10 Michigan breezed to a 79-50 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday night. Stauskas, the Wolverines’ leading scorer, took only three shots from the field, but he finished with nine points, eight assists and five rebounds.
The Wolverines (17-5, 9-1 Big Ten) were coming off their first conference defeat, a 63-52 loss at Indiana on Sunday. They nearly matched that scoring total with a 49-point first half against the Cornhuskers (11-10, 3-6).
“Everything in the world went in,” Nebraska’s Terran Petteway said. “It was just one of those nights.”
Glenn Robinson III led Michigan with 23 points, and Caris LeVert added 16 points with five assists and seven rebounds.
Stauskas took only six shots against Indiana. That led to some concern about whether the Wolverines could adjust to defenses geared to stop the 6-foot-6 sophomore. He took even fewer shots Wednesday, but this time there were plenty of other contributors.
The Wolverines shot 62.5 percent from the field in the first half, going 9-for-17 from three-point range.