Michigan cruises past Alabama A&M for easy win
Written by Matt Pargoff   

The Wolverines played a tough two-week stretch starting in late November, but have clearly reached the tune-up time portion of the schedule now, facing a badly outmatched Alabama A&M squad on Thursday evening. Pulling away quickly in the first half, Michigan continued its onslaught after the break, claiming a 97-47 victory.

Charles Matthews put up a team best 31 points, becoming the first Wolverine to score 30 in a game since Caris LeVert did it in 2014.

Duncan Robinson followed his solid shooting performance against Detroit with a 5-of-7 outing from long range, further establishing that he was past his shooting woes from earlier in the season. On the night, he had 18 points.

While head coach John Beilein always expressed confidence that Robinson would return to his natural state as a good shooter, he praised Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman for developing his skills outside, with the veteran guard making 4-of-5 from beyond the arc on his way to a 14-point outing.

Alabama A&M turned the ball over 25 times, with the Wolverines claiming steals on 10 of those.

Michigan improved to 11-3 on the season heading into a nine-day break from action. Still in that late stretch of lighter games before Big Ten play, the Wolverines will play host to Jacksonville University on Dec. 30 at 6 p.m. eastern with television coverage provided by Big Ten Network. That will be the last non-conference game, with a matchup set at Iowa three days later.


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