Michigan knocked off the Madrid Generals, 82-72, in the first game of its exhibition tour on Monday.
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The Wolverines spent their first two days in Spain bouncing around Madrid including a trip to the Royal Palace, a Real Madrid soccer game and an excursion to Toledo, Spain. They took the court on Monday against the Madrid Generals, a team of unsigned professionals from the local area.
Michigan’s starting lineup featured Zavier Simpson, Jordan Poole, Charles Matthews, Isaiah Livers and Jon Teske. The Wolverines got off to a slow start, trailing 8-2 out of the gate and entered halftime tied at 39.
The first two players off the bench were Eli Brooks and Austin Davis. Simpson, Teske and Austin Davis were all whistled for two fouls in the first half which forced interim head coach Saddi Washington to go deep in his bench in the first half.
The Wolverines took control of the game in the third quarter, outscoring the Generals 23-12. Madrid mounted a late comeback, cutting the lead to 5 points with 3:59 to play, but Michigan held on thanks to some timely plays by Charles Matthews and Ignas Brazdeikis.
Freshman wing Ignas Brazdeikis finished with a team-high 17 points including a personal 6-point spurt in the second quarter. Charles Matthews (13), Austin Davis (12) and Jordan Poole (12) also finished in double digits while Brandon Johns and Eli Brooks both chipped in 8 points.
From what we had to do by hand@_iggy_braz had 17@1CMatthews had 13@JordanPoole_2 & @babydavis51 each had 12@Brandon_Johns0 & @EliJBrooks both had 8@JonTeske had 6, @isaiah__02
had 4 and @DavidDejulius had 2#VamosAzul
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— Michigan Men's Basketball (@umichbball) August 20, 2018
Michigan has two games left on its Spanish tour and both will be played outside of Barcelona. The first will be against Serbian professional outlet KK Mega Bemax (Thursday) and the second against Jovenut Badalona (Saturday), a top-flight Spanish ACB side.
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