Stanford Falls To Michigan At Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational

Dec 21, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Caris LeVert (23) and Stanford Cardinals forward Josh Huestis (24) chase after a loose ball during the first half of a Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational game at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Chasson Randle got the Stanford Cardinal close, converting a three-point play with nine seconds remaining to pull the Cardinal to within a point, but missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with two seconds to go as the Michigan Wolverines held on for a 68-65 win at the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday invitational at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

For the Cardinal (8-3), it was their second loss of the season in the Brooklyn arena. Last month, they split two games there, beating Houston and losing to Pittsburgh in the championship round of the Legends Classic.

Stanford scored the game’s first five points and the Wolverines (7-4) missed their first five shots, but Michigan game back with a 10-2 run to take a 10-7 lead midway through the first half. The Wolverines led by as many as seven in the first half before settling for a 30-27 halftime edge.

Michigan got its lead to 10 points on Spike Albrecht’s 3-pointer with 7:30 remaining, but Randle scored 10 points during a 14-6 spurt for Stanford that closed the gap to 62-60 with 2:16 to go.

The Cardinal, however, couldn’t convert some big free throws in the waning moments. Trailing 64-60 with 1:32 to go, Randle could only hit one of two from the stripe and after Michigan clanked a pair of free throws, Grant Verhoeven missed one and made one from the line to leave Michigan with a 64-62 edge with 43 seconds to go.

Glenn Robinson III scored on a layup with 14 seconds to go to make it 66-62 before Randle’s three-point play made it a one-point game.

Nik Stauskas made two free throws for the Wolverines with eight seconds left and Randle’s 3-ball at the end was off the mark.

Randle led the Cardinal with 17 points. Stefan Nastic added 14 before fouling out and Dwight Powell finished with 10 points and three assists. Josh Huestis pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked two shots, but was held to nine points on 3-of-11 shooting.

Stauskas had a game-high 19 points for the Wolverines. Robinson added 17 points and six rebounds and Zak Irvin had 12 points and six boards. Caris LeVert handed out five assists for Michigan.

Stanford was 22-for-48 (45.8 percent) overall, 4-for-10 (40 percent) from 3-point range and 17-for-20 (85 percent) from the foul line. The teams were even on the boards, 32-32.

Michigan finished 21-for-52 (40.4 percent), 8-for-27 (29.6 percent) and 18-for-26 (69.2 percent). The Wolverines won the turnover battle, with the Cardinal coughing it up 12 times to just eight for Michigan.

The Cardinal and Wolverines were the finish of a tripleheader at the Barclays Center on Saturday. Manhattan downed Buffalo in overtime 84-81 in the first game and Temple blasted LIU Brooklyn in the middle game 101-65.

Stanford will play one last game before opening Pac-12 play, hosting Cal Poly (4-7) at Maples Pavilion on Dec. 29. Tipoff is 4 p.m. Pacific.

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