Freshman Nick Stauskas scored 22 points in his first start and No. 3 Michigan survived a late run to beat Bradley 74-66 on Saturday. Stauskas started for Matt Vogrich and delivered early with eight first-half points to help the Wolverines (7-0) hold onto a narrow halftime lead, 34-30.
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FINAL: Nik Stauskas scored 22 points and grabbed three rebounds to lead No. 3 Michigan to a 74-66 win over Bradley on Saturday at Carver Arena in Peoria.
Glenn Robinson III shot 4-of-6 from the field and scored 13 points for Michigan (7-0). The Wolverines shot 50 percent from the field (26-of-52). Michigan was on fire from beyond the arc during the game, shooting 44 percent (7-of-16). The Wolverines also got double-digit performances from Jordan Morgan, who scored 10 and Trey Burke, who scored 16.
Walt Lemon Jr. contributed 15 points, grabbed three rebounds, had three assists, and went 7-of-11 from the field for Bradley (5-2) in the loss. The Braves hit 52 percent of their field goals (26-of-50). Bradley also got double-digit games from Tyshon Pickett, who scored 11 and Jordan Prosser, Will Egolf, and Jalen Crawford, who each scored 10.
Winning the rebounding battle was a key to victory for Michigan as it outrebounded the Braves 31-24. The Wolverines never trailed in the game. Michigan’s largest lead was 16, which came with 3:37 remaining. The Wolverines went to the line nine more times than Bradley and made the most of their opportunities, shooting 15-of-21. The Braves committed 16 fouls and shot 8-of-12 from the line.
HALFTIME: Glenn Robinson III has 11 points to lead No. 3 Michigan to a 34-30 lead over Bradley at the end of the first half.
The leading scorers on both sides have been held in check so far. The Braves’ Walt Lemon Jr. and the Wolverines’ Tim Hardaway Jr. have both been held in check during the first half. Lemon Jr. has two points and Hardaway Jr. has scored zero.
Michigan led from the start and led by as many as six points.
The Wolverines fired often and fired with accuracy from distance, hitting 50 percent (4-of-8) of their three-point attempts. Michigan goes into the break with the offensive rebounding advantage, with nine to Bradley’s three.
Jordan Prosser is putting together a nice game so far for the Braves. The junior has eight points.
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