No. 2 Michigan pulls away for 74-52 win over Binghamton
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Iggy Brazdeikis scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half, and No. 2 Michigan eventually pulled away for a 74-52 victory over Binghamton on Sunday.
The Wolverines (13-0) led just 46-43 before a 19-4 run put the game away. Jordan Poole scored 18 points, and Zavier Simpson had two points, nine rebounds and a career-high 10 assists.
Chancellor Barnard led the Bearcats (4-10) with 14 points. This was the highest-ranked opponent in the history of the Binghamton program.
The Bearcats played a zone defense that all but conceded shots for Michigan from around the free throw line. The Wolverines repeatedly misfired from that area and finished the game 19 of 45 from inside the arc.
But Michigan went 11 of 18 from 3-point range. Poole made a career-high six shots from long distance, and Brazdeikis made all three of his attempts.
Isaiah Livers scored 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting for the Wolverines. Michigan has won 27 of its last 28 games, with the only loss coming in last season’s national title game against Villanova.
Binghamton: The Bearcats’ defensive approach worked decently. Michigan missed enough open midrange shots to keep the game close for a while, and this was a credible performance for Binghamton, on the road as a huge underdog.
Michigan: The Wolverines have not had a weekday game since Dec. 4, and they looked like they were in a bit of a rut. They’ll resume Big Ten play in their next game, and there’s probably not much more they can accomplish by playing teams like Binghamton.
Michigan was only one point ahead of No. 3 Tennessee in the most recent AP Top 25, so it wouldn’t take much for those teams to switch spots.
Binghamton: The Bearcats return home and host Columbia on Wednesday night.
Michigan: The Wolverines host Penn State on Thursday night.
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