Dec. 1, 2012
Site: Peoria, Ill. (Carver Arena)
Score: #3 Michigan 74, Bradley 66
Records: U-M (7-0), Bradley (5-2)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, Dec. 4 -- vs. Western Michigan (Crisler Center), 8:30 p.m. (TV: BTN)
PEORIA, Ill. -- Freshman guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) scored a career-high 22 points, including 12 from behind the arc, to help lift the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 3 AP, No. 3 ESPN/USA Today) over Bradley, 74-66, on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 1) inside Carver Arena.
Redshirt junior forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) recorded his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 points, while sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) and freshman guard Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) also contributed in double-digits with 16 and 13 points, respectively.
Michigan shot 26-of-53 (49 percent) from the floor, including 7-of-15 (47 percent) from behind the three-point line in the game. However, Bradley also converted 26-of-50 (52 percent) from the field and 6-of-16 (38 percent) from behind the arc. U-M's advantage was gained at the free throw line, where the Wolverines converted 15-of-21 (71 percent), while the Braves only managed 8-of-12 (67 percent).
A jumper by junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) with 6:44 left on the clock in the second half, followed by back-to-back baskets from Stauskas and Morgan, respectively, extended the Wolverines' lead to 66-51. Bradley did not give up, however, forcing Michigan into three straight turnovers to get within seven points (70-63) with 1:28 to play. Another basket by the Braves came a minute later, but U-M converted at the free throw line down the stretch to escape with the eight-point win.
The Wolverines shot 75 percent (6-of-8) from the field in the first 10 minutes of the game yet only held a one-point lead (18-17) over the Braves in the early going. A tip-in by freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesteron, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]), followed by an old-fashioned three-point play by Burke pushed Michigan's advantage to six, 23-17, at the 8:33 mark, but Bradley responded with a triple of its own to halt the run.
U-M once again gained a six-point lead off a three-pointer by Stauskas but came up empty on its next three possessions, allowing Bradley to come within two (28-26) with 4:29 on the clock. Both teams exchanged baskets over the remainder of the half, and Michigan entered the locker room leading, 34-30, at the break.
The Wolverines scored the first basket of the second half on a layup by Stauskas, starting an 11-4 U-M run over the next four minutes of play. However, Bradley responded with a 6-0 run of its own to bring its deficit back to just five, 45-40, at the 13:57 mark. Both teams then exchanged baskets over the next three minutes, but Michigan slowly built upon its lead, gaining a double-digit advantage again when Hardaway picked up a steal and converted a fastbreak dunk.
The Wolverines will return to Crisler on Tuesday (Dec. 4) when they host Western Michigan in the first of three consecutive home games. Tipoff is slated for 8:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
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