November 29, 2019 / 9:24 PM / 10 days ago

Michigan beats No. 8 Gonzaga for Battle 4 Atlantis crown

EditorsNote: Updates: Corrected game location; moved up Zags record

Nov 29, 2019; Nassau, BHS; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Filip Petrusev (3) shoots as Michigan Wolverines center Jon Teske (15) defends during the first half at Imperial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Teske posted a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds, Isaiah Livers scored 21 points and Michigan won the 2019 Battle 4 Atlantis championship Friday with an 82-64 defeat of No. 8 Gonzaga on Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Michigan (7-0) beat its second Top 10 opponent in as many days, following up Thursday’s victory against No. 6 North Carolina with a dominant performance against Gonzaga (8-1). The Wolverines trailed for just 6:47, all of it in the first half.

Teske out-dueled Gonzaga big man Filip Petrusev, whose own double-double performance in the Bulldogs’ overtime defeat of No. 11 Oregon made the difference.

In addition to his scoring touch and work on the glass, Teske blocked four shots to lead a Michigan defense that held Gonzaga to just 40 percent shooting from the floor.

While the Michigan defense locked down in the second half, the offense erupted. Michigan went on a 14-run early in the period after Gonzaga had cut an 11-point halftime deficit down to two. Franz Wagner paced the outburst with two lay-ins and a couple of free throws for eight of his 10 points.

Michigan’s lead swelled to as many as 21 points in the second half.

Gonzaga battled back with Killian Tillie scoring seven straight over one stretch. Tillie led Gonzaga with 20 points. Petrusev grabbed nine rebounds and scored nine points, but shot just 4 of 16 and failed to get to the free-throw line.

The Bulldogs cut the Michigan lead to 12 with fewer than six minutes remaining but that was as close as they got.

Livers cut off any hope for a Gonzaga rally with consecutive 3-pointers that pushed back the advantage to 19. A few possessions later, Zavier Simpson scored two of his 13 points when he went coast-to-coast and finished with a swooping, up-and-down lay-in.

Simpson followed it up with a drive through traffic and basket under duress, punctuating Michigan’s dominant day.

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