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Abdur-Rahkman scores 17 points in Michigan's 72-65 win

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan coach John Beilein knew that Central Michigan posed a threat in Monday night's game at Crisler Center.

Despite getting all it could handle from the visiting Chippewas, Michigan finally created enough separation in a 72-65 win.

''I love their style and they have a good mix, a lot like us,'' Beilein said. ''It's a little of our own medicine there. They shot the ball extremely well from 3, ran some good stuff early. We made some adjustments.''

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had 17 points, Charles Matthews and Zavier Simpson each scored 13, and Moritz Wagner added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Wolverines, who improved to 22-3 all-time against Central Michigan.

''We have to understand that people are gunning for us,'' said senior guard Duncan Robinson, who scored 10 points. ''We knew they were very talented and well coached. No surprise there. They got it going, especially in the first half, but we were able to hang in there and bounce back.''

Shawn Roundtree had 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range, to lead the Chippewas. Luke Meyer added 12 points.

Michigan, which led 32-31 at halftime, built a 62-53 lead after a Matthews steal and dunk with 4 minutes left. Simpson's 3-pointer made it 67-58 with 2 minutes left.

''If we play that hard, we'll win our share of games,'' Central Michigan coach Keno Davis said. ''Our guys are disappointed in the locker room; they're not excited that they played close. I like our chances to really improve as we get to (January).''

PESKY CHIPPEWAS

Central Michigan was competitive from the opening tip, leading by eight on four different occasions in the first half. After Michigan took a 3-2 lead, the Chippewas went on a 9-0 run, capped by Matt Beachler's 3-pointer, to take an 11-3 advantage.

Central Michigan, which also led, 22-14, 28-20 and 30-22, shot 11 of 26 in the first half, including 5 of 13 from 3-point range. Meyer and Roundtree each scored nine points in the first half.

The Wolverines finished the half with a 10-1 run, taking a slim lead into the break.

''It was pretty tense,'' Abdur-Rahkman said. ''We knew it was going to be close. I tried to come out and be aggressive from the beginning and set the tone.''

TRANSFERS TAKE OVER

Michigan transfers Jaaron Simmons and Matthews helped spark the Wolverines in the second half. With Central Michigan leading 47-46, Simmons and Matthews nailed consecutive 3-pointers to put the Wolverines ahead 52-47 with 10:30 left.

After a Chippewas' basket, Matthews hit a jumper to keep the lead at five. Later, Matthews' dunk put Michigan up by nine.

''They can come in the game, feel the game and play,'' Beilein said. ''But they're still sorting some of it out. Jaaron's in a whole different style right now and Charles is trying to figure out, `What's my next play? How can I keep things simple?'''

BIG PICTURE

Central Michigan: The Chippewas, a member of the Mid-American Conference, appear to be improved from last season, when they lost their final eight games. Despite losing Marcus Keene, last year's leading scorer in the nation at 30 points per game, Central Michigan showed a well-rounded offensive attack against the Wolverines. Eight different players scored for the Chippewas.

Michigan: The Wolverines have struggled out of the gate in both their games this season, trailing North Florida by seven in the first half of Saturday's season-opener and falling behind Central Michigan early. Michigan needs to get off to better starts and not rely on second-half rallies. The Wolverines, who are replacing numerous key players from last season, should improve as the season progresses.

UP NEXT

Central Michigan: Hosts Eureka at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Michigan: Hosts Southern Mississippi at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Xavier Simpson 10.0
  Shawn Roundtree missed 3-pt. jump shot 12.0
  Defensive rebound by Cecil Williams 18.0
  Xavier Simpson missed 2nd of 2 free throws 18.0
+ 1 Xavier Simpson made 1st of 2 free throws 18.0
  Personal foul on Shawn Roundtree 18.0
+ 2 Shawn Roundtree made layup 20.0
+ 1 Duncan Robinson made 2nd of 2 free throws 25.0
+ 1 Duncan Robinson made 1st of 2 free throws 25.0
  Personal foul on Kevin McKay 25.0
  Personal foul on 27.0
Team Stats
Points 65 72
Field Goals 22-51 (43.1%) 26-59 (44.1%)
3-Pointers 10-24 (41.7%) 10-34 (29.4%)
Free Throws 11-12 (91.7%) 10-12 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 34 27
Offensive 7 6
Defensive 25 19
Team 2 2
Assists 12 14
Steals 2 5
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 14 4
Fouls 18 11
Technicals 0 0
away team logo
2
S. Roundtree G
21 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST
home team logo
12
M. Abdur-Rahkman G
17 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo C. Michigan 1-1 313465
home team logo Michigan 2-0324072
Team Stats
away team logoC. Michigan 1-1 77.4 PPG 39.3 RPG 14.3 APG
home team logoMichigan 2-0 74.2 PPG 35.4 RPG 15.4 APG
Key Players
2
S. Roundtree G 14.7 PPG 2.8 RPG 4.2 APG 44.9 FG%
12
M. Abdur-Rahkman G 10.3 PPG 4.7 RPG 3.3 APG 38.6 FG%
Top Scorers
2
S. Roundtree G 21 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
12
M. Abdur-Rahkman G 17 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
43.1 FG% 44.1
41.7 3PT FG% 29.4
91.7 FT% 83.3
C. Michigan
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Roundtree 30 21 4 3 0 0 5 4 7/11 4/6 3/3 0 4
L. Meyer 31 12 3 1 0 0 1 3 5/10 2/4 0/0 0 3
D. DiLeo 31 7 9 1 0 1 0 3 3/6 1/4 0/0 2 7
J. Kozinski 22 6 1 0 0 0 1 0 1/2 1/2 3/3 0 1
C. Williams 27 6 5 3 0 1 3 3 1/5 0/1 4/4 0 5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Roundtree 30 21 4 3 0 0 5 4 7/11 4/6 3/3 0 4
L. Meyer 31 12 3 1 0 0 1 3 5/10 2/4 0/0 0 3
D. DiLeo 31 7 9 1 0 1 0 3 3/6 1/4 0/0 2 7
J. Kozinski 22 6 1 0 0 0 1 0 1/2 1/2 3/3 0 1
C. Williams 27 6 5 3 0 1 3 3 1/5 0/1 4/4 0 5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. McKay 25 3 6 2 2 0 3 2 1/6 0/1 1/2 3 3
M. Beachler 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 0
C. Redman 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 1
D. Scott - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McCarty - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Nwoko - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Bullard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Ervin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Kozinski - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Myers - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Rule - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 179 65 32 12 2 2 14 18 22/51 10/24 11/12 7 25
Michigan
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Abdur-Rahkman 37 17 3 4 1 0 0 0 7/15 3/9 0/0 1 2
C. Matthews 37 13 3 2 1 1 1 1 6/12 1/6 0/0 1 2
X. Simpson 27 13 2 3 2 0 0 1 5/7 2/3 1/2 0 2
D. Robinson 34 10 1 3 0 0 2 3 3/10 2/8 2/2 0 1
M. Wagner 29 10 11 1 0 0 1 2 3/9 1/5 3/4 1 10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Abdur-Rahkman 37 17 3 4 1 0 0 0 7/15 3/9 0/0 1 2
C. Matthews 37 13 3 2 1 1 1 1 6/12 1/6 0/0 1 2
X. Simpson 27 13 2 3 2 0 0 1 5/7 2/3 1/2 0 2
D. Robinson 34 10 1 3 0 0 2 3 3/10 2/8 2/2 0 1
M. Wagner 29 10 11 1 0 0 1 2 3/9 1/5 3/4 1 10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Simmons 14 5 2 1 0 0 0 2 2/4 1/2 0/0 1 1
J. Teske 10 4 1 0 1 2 0 1 0/0 0/0 4/4 0 1
I. Watson 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
E. Brooks 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
I. Livers 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 2 0
B. Hibbitts - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Wright-Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Ozeir - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Poole - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 72 25 14 5 3 4 11 26/59 10/34 10/12 6 19