Dec. 22, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #20 Michigan 77, Bradley 66
Records: U-M (10-2), Bradley (5-7)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Dec. 29 -- vs. Penn State (Crisler Center), 7:30 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- All five starters scored in double figures as the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 20 AP/No. 19 ESPN/USA Today) used a second-half surge to put away Bradley, 77-66, on Thursday night (Dec. 22) inside Crisler Center. The Wolverines (10-2) had a season-high 25 assists on 31 made field goals while committing a season-low six turnovers.
The Wolverines' starters accounted for 74 of the team's 77 points on the night. Sophomore Evan Smotrycz (Reading, Mass./New Hampton Prep [N.H.]) recorded his second double-double in as many games, scoring 20 points, including going 5-of-7 from three-point range, and grabbing 10 rebounds, both game highs. Sophomore Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) finished with 16 points, redshirt sophomore Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./Univ. of Detroit Jesuit) had 15 points, with 13 in the second half, and freshman Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland) had 12 points and a team-leading eight assists. Senior Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, four rebounds and four assists, while classmate Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) contributed six assists off the bench.
The teams traded baskets through the first nine minutes of the second half. Clinging to a 52-49 lead with 11:43 to play, Michigan came out of the second media timeout with a 19-7 run over the next 5:22 to take control.
At the 9:39 mark, Morgan scored the first of two buckets in the paint, then grabbed a defensive rebound on the other end to start the highlight of the game -- an alley-oop dunk from Hardaway that brought the Crisler crowd to its feet.
After shooting just 35 percent (12-of-34) in the first half, the Wolverines shot 56 percent (19-of-34) in the second half. In addition, Michigan also held the rebounding advantage (39-36) and nearly half its points (36-of-77) came in the paint.
The Wolverines stayed ahead of Bradley for the majority of the first half, thanks to seven made three-balls through the first 11 minutes of the game, before cooling down the stretch, finishing the half at a 39 percent clip from downtown (7-of-18).
Michigan held a 25-19 lead with a little more than eight minutes to play in the opening half, before Bradley switched to a three-two zone, stifling the Wolverines' offense and going on a 7-0 run to briefly retake the lead. Burke halted the run with a block and scored on a fast-break layup at the other end. On the next possession, Burke found Novak for a back-door layup and Morgan added a bucket from in close to put Michigan back in front, 31-26. The score was tied 33-33 at halftime after Bradley forward Taylor Brown nailed a 26-foot three-pointer at the buzzer.
The Wolverines open up Big Ten Conference play next Thursday (Dec. 29) against Penn State at 7:35 p.m. inside Crisler Center.
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