Chasson Randle scored all 18 of his points in the second half as the Stanford men's basketball fell just short of Michigan, 68-65, at the Holiday Invitational in Brooklyn on Saturday.
The Cardinal trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half and came within a missed 3-pointer of sending the game into overtime.
"Toward the end of the game we did a good job of making a run, but we could never get over the hump," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "Michigan made the plays they needed to make to seal the game."
Stanford (8-3) is off for the Christmas holidays and returns to the court this Sunday for a 4 p.m. nonconference affair with visiting Cal Poly.
"I am proud of our kids. They are going to compete," Dawkins said. "It's just a matter of making it consistent."
Randle converted a three-point play with nine seconds remaining to play to bring the Cardinal within 66-65, but the Wolverines made a pair of free throws on the other end.
Randle had the ball for the final shot and tried to force it over a pair of defenders from long range.
Stefan Nastic, who fouled out of the game, added 14 points for the Cardinal, which was coming off a big win over No. 10 Connecticut on Wednesday.
Dwight Powell added 10 points and Jose Huestis grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
Stanford grad Eugene Godsoe rose to the occasion every time he was asked.
In the biggest moment in the history of the Duel in the Pool, the United States quartet of Godsoe, Kevin Cordes, Claire Donahue, and Simone Manuel came through when it mattered most Saturday, topping the European All-Stars by two tenths of a second to win the competition's first ever mixed medley relay tiebreaker, breaking the previous world record in the process.
The Americans took an early lead with a world-leading 22.88 leadoff leg from Godsoe, a lead the European team would never quite close. The Americans touched first in a world-record 1:37.17.
Both teams were locked at 131-131 after 30 events over two days at the Tollcross Swimming Centre, after the United States fought back from a 68-54 deficit on Friday.
Godsoe, who won a pair of golds one day earlier in the 200 back and 4x100 medley relay, also claimed top honors in the 100 back (50.08).