No. 5 Michigan fights off pesky Western Michigan, 70-62

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No. 5 Michigan (11-0) had its limits pushed at home against Western Michigan (5-5) in a 70-62 win Saturday afternoon.

The Wolverines trailed for the majority of the first half until a late 10-0 scoring run and a Charles Matthews buzzer-beating layup gave U-M the lead.

Leading the way for Michigan’s offense was the senior forward, Matthews, who finished with a double-double on 25 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jordan Poole posted another impressive line, finishing with 14 points and four steals.

However, the Wolverines leading scorer coming into the game, freshman phenom Ignas Brazdeikis (17 points per game) finished with just four points and a rebound.

Michigan’s vaunted defense was impressive again, holding the Broncos to just 62 points at a 46-percent clip. The fight for WMU to keep the contest close throughout was led by, Southfield, Mich. native Michael Flowers, who finished with 31 points and seven rebounds.

Following a week off, U-M’s 11th win of the season was anything but pretty. The undefeated Wolverines get another seven days without a game, as they host Air Force (4-5) in Ann Arbor.

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