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Michigan makes 19 3-pointers in 97-53 rout of Cent. Arkansas

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) After 10 minutes, Michigan had already made five 3-pointers, and when halftime arrived, the number was up to nine.

By the time the game ended, the Wolverines had set a school record from beyond the arc. Two of them, in fact.

''We knew they were going to play a matchup 2-3 zone going into the game, so we knew we were going to have a lot of opportunities to have open 3s,'' Michigan's Zak Irvin said. ''That's what we're known for - kind of a zone buster-type team.''

Irvin scored 16 points, and Michigan made a school-record 19 3-pointers in a 97-53 rout of Central Arkansas on Tuesday night. The Wolverines also set a school record with 45 attempts from 3-point range, easily handling that zone.

Michigan (8-3) even made its first 11 field goal attempts from inside the arc - its first miss from there didn't come until early in the second half.

Jordan Howard scored 14 points for Central Arkansas (1-9). The Bears have played only one home game all season.

''I didn't think that we came out with the focus and energy,'' Central Arkansas coach Russ Pennell said. ''This is our Super Bowl. If you can't get excited playing at a place like this and against this type of competition, you don't need to be playing Division I basketball. So we're trying to change a culture, and sometimes you've got to get your backside kicked pretty good in order to get their attention.''

Moe Wagner had 18 points and seven rebounds for Michigan. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 14 points and Duncan Robinson added 12. Irvin, Abdur-Rahkman and Robinson made four 3-pointers each.

The Wolverines broke the school record of 17 3-pointers in a game when Ibi Watson connected from the left wing with 3:58 to play. By then, Michigan had gone deep into its bench.

The previous school record for 3-pointers came against Bryant on Dec. 23, 2015, and the record for attempts was 42, set Dec. 22, 2008 against Florida Gulf Coast.

BIG PICTURE

Central Arkansas: The Bears have played a tough schedule, and games like this are about trying to show improvement. In that sense, it may have been beneficial for Central Arkansas to test its zone against Michigan's sharp shooters - but that matchup didn't make for a particularly competitive game.

Michigan: The Wolverines were coming off a 102-84 loss at UCLA. They did as they pleased offensively against Central Arkansas with little resistance from the Bears, and Michigan can be fairly happy with its defense in the first half, when the Wolverines allowed only 20 points.

PLEASED

Michigan coach John Beilein often goes out of his way to compliment opponents. That was a tough sell after his team routed Central Arkansas so easily, but he pointed out that the Bears took Arkansas-Little Rock down to the wire. Also, their loss at Butler earlier this month was reasonably competitive until the last 10 minutes.

''We caught them at the right time,'' Beilein said. ''We've got a lot of guys who can make shots from the outside, so a zone sometimes can be a tough defense to play against us, and our kids really played well.''

TOUGH ROAD

Beilein was also happy about how his team played coming off the long trip back from the game at UCLA on Saturday.

''We're in exams, too,'' Beilein said. ''We had three papers due today.''

UP NEXT

Central Arkansas: The Bears return home to face in-state rival Arkansas State on Friday night.

Michigan: The Wolverines continue an easier stretch of their schedule with a home game against Maryland-Eastern Shore on Saturday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Lost ball turnover on Aaron Weidenaar 24.0
+ 1 Xavier Simpson made 2nd of 2 free throws 43.0
+ 1 Xavier Simpson made 1st of 2 free throws 43.0
  Personal foul on Thatch Unruh 43.0
  Lost ball turnover on Thatch Unruh 43.0
+ 2 Jon Teske made fade-away jump shot 1:10
+ 2 Ethan Lee made driving layup, assist by Aaron Weidenaar 1:34
+ 1 Xavier Simpson made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:44
+ 1 Xavier Simpson made 1st of 2 free throws 1:44
  Shooting foul on Thatch Unruh 1:44
  Offensive rebound by Xavier Simpson 1:44
Team Stats
Points 53 97
Field Goals 23-54 (42.6%) 32-62 (51.6%)
3-Pointers 4-9 (44.4%) 19-45 (42.2%)
Free Throws 3-8 (37.5%) 14-18 (77.8%)
Total Rebounds 27 36
Offensive 4 8
Defensive 20 27
Team 3 1
Assists 8 22
Steals 1 6
Blocks 0 2
Turnovers 14 6
Fouls 16 9
Technicals 0 0
14 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
18 PTS, 7 REB
12T
away team logo C. Arkansas 1-9 203353
home team logo Michigan 8-3 494897
Team Stats
away team logo C. Arkansas 1-9 72.2 PPG 38.7 RPG 14.0 APG
home team logo Michigan 8-3 69.6 PPG 37.9 RPG 13.8 APG
Key Players
00
J. Howard G PPG RPG APG FG%
00
M. Wagner F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Howard G 14 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
M. Wagner F 18 PTS 7 REB 0 AST
42.6 FG% 51.6
44.4 3PT FG% 42.2
37.5 FT% 77.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Howard 14 2 1 6/10 2/2 0/0 0 30 0 0 3 0 2
D. Brooks 12 9 1 6/14 0/4 0/0 2 33 0 0 3 2 7
T. Schmit 4 3 0 2/4 0/0 0/2 1 15 0 0 0 0 3
M. Kamba 3 4 1 1/8 0/0 1/2 1 26 1 0 1 2 2
T. Unruh 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 3 10 0 0 3 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Howard 14 2 1 6/10 2/2 0/0 0 30 0 0 3 0 2
D. Brooks 12 9 1 6/14 0/4 0/0 2 33 0 0 3 2 7
T. Schmit 4 3 0 2/4 0/0 0/2 1 15 0 0 0 0 3
M. Kamba 3 4 1 1/8 0/0 1/2 1 26 1 0 1 2 2
T. Unruh 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 3 10 0 0 3 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Weidenaar 6 2 1 2/3 2/3 0/0 3 11 0 0 1 0 2
E. Lee 5 0 0 2/3 0/0 1/2 1 10 0 0 0 0 0
J. Lowery 4 0 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 20 0 0 2 0 0
A. Christensson 2 0 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 16 0 0 1 0 0
D. Parnell 2 2 2 1/4 0/0 0/0 2 18 0 0 0 0 2
O. Iyekekpolor 1 2 0 0/2 0/0 1/2 1 9 0 0 0 0 2
J. Grant 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
T. Simmons - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Chatham - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Vanover - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 53 24 8 23/54 4/9 3/8 16 200 1 0 14 4 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Wagner 18 7 0 8/9 2/3 0/1 0 19 0 0 1 1 6
Z. Irvin 16 6 3 5/7 4/6 2/3 0 29 1 0 0 2 4
M. Abdur-Rahkman 14 0 4 5/9 4/8 0/0 2 24 1 0 0 0 0
D. Wilson 11 7 2 3/6 1/4 4/4 1 29 0 2 0 2 5
D. Walton Jr. 9 3 6 2/7 1/6 4/4 0 25 0 0 2 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Wagner 18 7 0 8/9 2/3 0/1 0 19 0 0 1 1 6
Z. Irvin 16 6 3 5/7 4/6 2/3 0 29 1 0 0 2 4
M. Abdur-Rahkman 14 0 4 5/9 4/8 0/0 2 24 1 0 0 0 0
D. Wilson 11 7 2 3/6 1/4 4/4 1 29 0 2 0 2 5
D. Walton Jr. 9 3 6 2/7 1/6 4/4 0 25 0 0 2 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Robinson 12 1 2 4/9 4/9 0/0 3 14 0 0 2 0 1
X. Simpson 7 2 2 1/3 1/2 4/4 0 18 3 0 0 1 1
B. Hibbitts 3 1 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 6 0 0 1 1 0
I. Watson 3 2 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 0 2
S. Lonergan 2 1 1 1/3 0/2 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 1
J. Teske 2 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/2 1 7 0 0 0 0 0
M. Donnal 0 4 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 14 1 0 0 0 4
F. Wright-Jones 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
A. Dakich - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 97 35 22 32/62 19/45 14/18 9 200 6 2 6 8 27