By Chris Nelsen
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 17 factors, serving to Michigan escape with a seventy two-sixty five win over Central Michigan on Monday night time.
Charles Matthews and Zavier Simpson every scored thirteen, and Moritz Wagner added 10 factors and eleven rebounds for the Wolverines, who improved to 22-three all-time towards Central Michigan.
Shawn Roundtree had 21 factors on 7-of-eleven capturing, together with four of 6 from three-level vary, to steer the Chippewas. Luke Meyer added 12 factors.
Michigan, which led 32-31 at halftime, constructed a sixty two-fifty three lead after a Matthews steal and dunk with four minutes left. Simpson’s three-pointer made it sixty seven-fifty eight with 2 minutes left.
Central Michigan was aggressive from the opening tip, main by eight on 4 totally different events within the first half. After Michigan took a three-2 lead, the Chippewas went on a 9-zero run, capped by Matt Beachler’s three-pointer, to take an eleven-three benefit.
Central Michigan, which additionally led, 22-14, 28-20 and 30-22, shot eleven of 26 within the first half, together with 5 of thirteen from three-level vary. Meyer and Roundtree every scored 9 factors within the first half.
The Wolverines completed the half with a ten-1 run, taking a slim lead into the break.
TRANSFERS TAKE OVER
Michigan transfers Jaaron Simmons and Matthews helped spark the Wolverines within the second half. With Central Michigan main forty seven-forty six, Simmons and Matthews nailed consecutive three-tips that could put the Wolverines forward fifty two-forty seven with 10:30 left.
After a Chippewas’ basket, Matthews hit a jumper to maintain the lead at 5. Later, Matthews’ dunk put Michigan up by 9.
Central Michigan: The Chippewas, a member of the Mid-American Convention, look like improved from final season, once they misplaced their last eight video games. Regardless of dropping Marcus Keene, final yr’s main scorer within the nation at 30 factors per recreation, Central Michigan confirmed a properly-rounded offensive assault towards the Wolverines. Eight totally different gamers scored for the Chippewas.
Michigan: The Wolverines have struggled out of the gate in each their video games this season, trailing North Florida by seven within the first half of Saturday’s season-opener and falling behind Central Michigan early. Michigan must get off to raised begins and never depend on second-half rallies. The Wolverines, who’re changing quite a few key gamers from final season, ought to enhance because the season progresses.
Central Michigan: Hosts Eureka at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Michigan: Hosts Southern Mississippi at 7 p.m. Thursday.