|#3 Michigan (7-0)||34||40||74|
For the first time this season, Michigan hit the road for a true road game and found a much tougher game than most were expecting. Bradley put up a fight, holding close in the first half and pulling within two possessions in the final minute, but Michigan was too strong and pulled out the 74-66 win.
Nik Stauskas led the way with 22 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range and Michigan needed all of them. He started for the first time this season and made the most of it, shooting 8-of-15 overall in addition to the hot shooting from behind the arc.
Michigan opened the game with a 7-2 lead behind a pair of free throws and a three by Glenn Robinson III and a Trey Burke layup, but Bradley brought it to within a point at 12-11. Through the rest of the first half, every time Michigan hit a shot, the Braves answered. Michigan took a four point lead into the locker room.
In the first four minutes of the second half, Michigan widened the lead to 11, but Bradley scored six straight to keep it close. Over the next 10 minutes, Michigan outscored the Braves 21-11 to break out to a 15-point lead and it looked as if it was over. But Bradley still had some fight left and Michigan made some mistakes down the stretch. A Walt Lemon Jr layup cut Michigan’s lead to five with 25 seconds remaining, but Burke and Stauskas sealed the game with a pair of free throw each.
While Stauskas led all scorers, Burke and Robinson each scored 13 and Jordan Morgan also finished in double digits with 10. The big man also pulled down 10 rebounds. Tim Hardaway had his quietest game of the season with just nine points and two boards.
Since Michigan is such a young team with three freshmen playing prominent roles, it was a valuable experience that will pay off down the road as Big Ten play gets underway. That they got to face and overcome adversity on another school’s court will give them confidence that they can do it again the next time it happens.
Another freshman, Caris LeVert, had his redshirt burned in the game and played seven minutes. He picked up a rebound and dished an assist. If he’s good enough to see the court and help out, whether defensively or as another ball handler, then there’s no reason to redshirt him anyway.
Both teams shot nearly identically from the field (26-of-53 for Michigan and 26-of-50 for Bradley) and Michigan hit one more three-pointer, but the Wolverines outscored the Braves by seven at the free throw line and that was the difference.
Michigan returns home to face Western Michigan (6-1) on Tuesday night and then Arkansas (3-3) next Saturday.
|Final Game Stats|
|01||Glenn Robinson III*||4-6||1-2||4-5||3||1||4||4||13||2||2||0||0||28|
|10||Tim Hardaway Jr*||4-9||1-2||0-1||0||2||2||2||9||2||5||2||1||37|