Wolverines Succumb to Late Bowling Green Flurry

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Bowling Green closed the game with a 12-1 run to hand the University of Michigan men's basketball team a 65-59 non-conference defeat on Wednesday (Nov. 28) at Anderson Arena. Junior forward LaVell Blanchard (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) tied for game-high honors with 17 points, and senior center Chris Young (Plymouth, Mich./Catholic Central HS) added 10 to lead the Wolverines (2-2).

Michigan, which led 34-30 at halftime, fell behind early in the second half as the Falcons (4-1) opened the period with a 7-1 run that was capped by back-to-back buckets by Keith McLeod. Bowling Green maintained its lead and stretched it to six points (50-44) when Erik Crawford nailed a three-pointer with 7:38 to play.

However, the Wolverines then scored the next 10 points, including four each from Blanchard and Young, to take a 54-50 lead with 4:29 to play, and U-M seemed to have control of the game when a Blanchard jumper made it 58-53 with 3:15 left on the clock. But that basket was the last field goal for the Wolverines.

Bowling Green battled back with a three-point play from Len Matela, two free throws from Crawford and a layup by Matela to take the lead for good at 60-58 with 1:40 remaining, but the final dagger came from McLeod, whose three-pointer rimmed out and then back in with 29 seconds to play to make it a 63-58 Falcon lead. Bernard Robinson Jr. (Washington, D.C./New Hampton Prep, N.H.) hit one of two free throws to pull U-M within four, but McLeod made two foul shots with 0:10 left to ice the victory.

McLeod finished with 17 points, nine assists and six rebounds to lead the Falcons, who broke a five-game losing skid to the Wolverines and earned their first win in the series since the 1966-67 season.

Michigan returns home to face No. 15 Boston College on Saturday (Dec. 1) in Crisler Arena. The 2:30 p.m. contest will be regionally televised by CBS.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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