SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Michigan knew Florida State would present problems after watching the Seminoles pick apart a talented VCU squad in their first game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
What the Wolverines didn’t know is that they’re a lot more resilient than they might have realized.
Nik Stauskas scored 26 points, including seven in overtime, as No. 14 Michigan erased a 16-point second-half deficit to beat Florida State 82-80 Friday in the island tournament.
The win earned the Wolverines (4-1) a spot in Sunday’s championship game against Charlotte, which beat Northeastern 86-77 in the other semifinal.
I think we just didn’t want to go home with another loss on our chest. We came together as a team, Michigan guard Derrick Walton Jr. said.
We stayed together the whole time and possession after possession we got stops and it paid off at the end.
FSU (4-1) had a chance to win the game in the final seconds, but a midcourt heave by Aaron Thomas bounced off the backboard.
Ian Miller had 19 points to lead four Seminoles players in double figures.
No. 2 KANSAS 88, TOWSON 58: In Lawrence, Kan., Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points and Andrew White III added 13 to lead the Jayhawks (4-0), who built a 49-16 lead by halftime and never looked back. Jerrelle Benimon had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Towson (3-2).
No. 10 VCU 73, LONG BEACH ST. 67: In San Juan, Puerto Rico, Rob Brandenberg scored 19 points to help the Rams (4-1). VCU had four players in double figures, including Juvonte Reddic with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Briante Webber with 15 points. Branford Jones led Long Beach State (1-5) with 19 points.
MASSACHUSETTS 81, No. 19 NEW MEXICO 65: In Charleston, S.C., Chaz Williams scored 19 points to lead the Minutemen (5-0) to a win in the Charleston Classic. Alex Kirk finished with a career-best 32 points for New Mexico (3-1).
No. 1 CONNECTICUT 96, BOSTON UNIVERSITY 38: In Storrs, Conn., Stefanie Dolson followed up her first triple-double with a 23-point, 10-rebound performance as the top-ranked Huskies (6-0) cruised in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Challenge tournament. Breanna Stewart led the Huskies with 25 points. Clodagh Scannell topped Boston University (1-4) with nine points.
No. 9 BAYLOR 88, NORTHWESTERN ST. 54: In Waco, Texas, Odyssey Sims scored 30 points to help the Bears (5-0) extend the nation’s longest home-court winning streak to 62 games. Trudy Armstead had 19 points for Northwestern State (2-2).
No. 20 OKLAHOMA STATE 82, USC 51: In Stillwater, Okla., Brittney Martin had 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to lead the Cowboys (5-0). USC (3-1) was held to 18-of-54 shooting.