Basketball: Michigan defeats Wisconsin 61-52

The Michigan Men’s basketball team outlasted a tough Wisconsin Badger team 61-52 yesterday at the Crisler Center. In a revenge game for Michigan, the Wolverines started slowly in letting Wisconsin jump to an early lead on Michigan with Ethan Happ leading the way with 14 first-half points. Michigan’s Eli Brooks and Isaiah Livers keep the Wolverines in the first half with a 6-0 run at the end to tie the game at 27 going into the second half of play. Both teams faced an opponent that played well on defense and the offensive stats indicated this with scoring and rebounds few and far between.

 

In the second half, the story changed in that someone was still cold, someone hot and someone was on the bench and all of these had an effect for the game. The cold was Ignas Brezdeikis who had o points in the game against Madison and scored 2 in yesterday’s game against the Badgers. However, he was assigned to cover Ethan Happ and the two went toe to toe and the senior forward Ethan Happ found the second half play a challenge. Happ in the second half faced foul trouble and sat on the bench after picking up his third foul at the 18.27 mark of the second half. Happ would sit for 9 minutes while Jon Teske was able to secure his third double-double with a career high of 17 points and 12 rebounds.

 

The Hot player in the second half was senior Charles Matthews who scored 2 in the first half against the Badgers found his swagger in scoring 16 points with an 8-11 shooting touch and controlled the tempo of the game. In the second half Matthews had his hand in 13 consecutive points and led the Wolverines to put the game away with about 1;30 left in the contest as Michigan was able to pull ahead to ice the game for the Wolverines who are now 22-2 overall and 11-2 in conference.

Wisconsin with Happ back in the game could not find the basket along with the rest of the Badgers as he missed 25 shots in the game from the paint against the Wolverines. With the victory, Michigan remains in first place in the Big Ten and Wisconsin falls to 4th in the league. Michigan will travel and play Penn State Tuesday night and Wisconsin will try to recover and will host the Michigan State Spartans at the Kohl Center also Tuesday.