LeVert scores 25; U-M beats Houston Baptist

Posted at 4:43 PM, Dec 05, 2015
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Caris LeVert had 25 points and eight rebounds, Duncan Robinson scored 19, and Michigan beat Houston Baptist 82-57 on Saturday.
Michigan (6-2) has won four straight after back-to-back losses to Xavier and Connecticut. Houston Baptist (2-6) couldn't build on its 77-73 upset of Rice on Wednesday.
LeVert moved from shooting guard to point guard with normal starter Derrick Walton unable to play with a sprained ankle.
Aubrey Dawkins added 16 for Michigan. The Wolverines shot 48 percent, including 11 of 23 3-pointers.
Anthony Odunsi led Houston Baptist with 15 points, and Reveal Chukwujekwu scored five with 10 rebounds.
LeVert's dunk midway through the first half meant he was outscoring the Huskies 11-8, and the Wolverines led by 13.
Houston Baptist hit back-to-back 3-pointers, pulling to within 26-24 before LeVert ended the run with a 3-pointer. Robinson followed with a dunk and a 3 to restore Michigan's double-digit lead.
The Wolverines led 37-28 at the half, with LeVert scoring 14 on 5-of-7 shooting. Michigan had an 8-2 edge on second-chance points and a 10-5 advantage on turnovers, but the Huskies stayed close by hitting 4 of 5 3-pointers.
Robinson hit two more 3s early in the second half to quell any Houston Baptist comeback hopes, and the Wolverines pulled away. Michigan coach John Beilein was able to rest his top players down the stretch with a game coming up Tuesday in Dallas.
Houston Baptist: This was the Huskies' third visit to Ann Arbor in the last six years, all ending in lopsided losses. Michigan won 77-55 in 2009 and 107-53 in 2013 -- a game that included five current Huskies. . Freshman center Isaiah Robinson is the son of former NBA star Clifford Robinson.
Michigan:  Duncan Robinson, who started his career going to the Division III title game with Williams College, is believed to be the first player to transfer from D-III to D-I with a full scholarship. . Beilein said that Walton's status for Tuesday's game against SMU is still uncertain.
Houston Baptist: Hosts Arlington Baptist on Dec. 12.
Michigan: Visits Southern Methodist on Tuesday.