The (#20) University of Michigan men’s basketball team played one game last week, and they won it, to improve their record to 10-2 on the season, including 5 wins in a row. On Thursday (12/22/2011) they beat Bradley 77-66, in Crisler Arena. Coming in, Bradley looked to be the final “cupcake” in a series of three cupcakes, but they put up quite a fight.
The final margin of victory looks pretty comfortable, but for first 30 minutes it was a seesaw battle. Michigan opened up a few small leads in the first half (25-19 with 8:32 to go, 31-26 with 3:45 to go), but Bradley kept coming back, and tied the game (33-33) at halftime, on a long 3-pointer at the buzzer. The crowd and the Michigan team seemed deflated, and things looked dicey for the second half. With 18:05 to go in the game, Bradley was ahead (38-36), but that was their last lead. The game was tied 4 more times, and Michigan never led by more than 3 points until their big run, but once UM pushed the lead past 3 (54-49, with 11:02 to go), it was over. The Wolverines went from a 52-49 lead with 12:00 left to 71-56 with 6:21 left, a 19-7 run in just over five and a half minutes. It was a very exciting run, with a couple steals, a couple dunks, and a couple 3-pointers mixed in. Bradley had been playing with good composure, answering every Michigan basket with one of their own, but once the Michigan run started, they panicked, which cost them the game.