DALLAS, Texas – No. 3 seed Florida clashed with No. 4 seed Michigan on Sunday afternoon in Dallas, and the Gators finally met their match in an Elite Eight loss to the Wolverines. Thanks to a breakout, 22-point effort from Nik Stauskas, Michigan prevailed over the Gators by a final score of 79-59.
Michigan (30-7) came out of the gate on fire, racing out to a 13-0 advantage over the Gators (29-8) before they could get their bearings. Florida, which had only allowed 53 points per game this season defensively, surrendered 47 points to the Wolverines in the first 20 minutes of the game, and Michigan was able to build an insurmountable lead and cruise to the finish line.
Stauskas scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half for Michigan, knocking down all six of his attempts from beyond 3-point range to help the Wolverines build the lead to as many as 24 before the break. Trey Burke scored 15 for UM while grabbing eight rebounds and handing out seven assists, and Mitch McGary notched 11 points and nine boards of his own.
Kenny Boynton and Will Yeguete led the scoring effort for the Gators with 13 points apiece. Erik Murphy, Florida’s versatile stretch forward, was battling an illness before the game and struggled mightily in Dallas, missing on all 11 of his field goal attempts and finishing the game scoreless with eight rebounds.
Mike Rosario connected on four-of-nine shots for the Gators en route to nine points and a pair of rebounds, and UF rounded out the afternoon with a 41 percent shooting clip as a team. Michigan hit 10 of its 19 3-point attempts (52.6 percent), while the Gators only managed to hit two of their 10 attempts from deep.