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No. 9 Michigan rolls past Chattanooga 83-55

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Isaiah Livers is doing his best to shore up one of Michigan's few areas of concern early this season.

Livers scored all 12 of his points in the first half, and the ninth-ranked Wolverines cruised to an easy 83-55 victory over Chattanooga on Friday. Livers made all four of his shots from the field in the first half and only missed one for the game.

Michigan came in shooting just 32 percent from 3-point range, but Livers went 2 for 3 and is now 11 for 20 on the season. He shot 36 percent from beyond the arc last season as a freshman.

''Last year, what was happening (was) he wasn't consistent with his footwork, and the arc on his shot. Down the stretch last year, he couldn't make many shots,'' coach John Beilein said. ''You see much more arch on his shot, and occasionally, frequently, I should say, you see really good rotation.''

Freshman Iggy Brazdeikis scored 20 points and Jordan Poole added 14 for the Wolverines. Michigan (6-0) avoided a letdown in its first game back in Ann Arbor after three impressive wins away from home.

The unbeaten Wolverines have won each of their games by at least 19 points. They led 42-22 at halftime in this one and held Chattanooga (2-5) to 36 percent shooting, including an 8-of-30 showing from the field in the first half.

Included in Michigan's impressive early-season resume is a 27-point win at Villanova on Nov. 14. The Wolverines also won neutral-site games against George Washington and Providence. Chattanooga became only the second team to score more than 47 points against Michigan.

Kevin Easley led the Mocs with 21 points and went 5 of 6 from 3-point range.

''His shot selection and his shot preparation was good,'' Chattanooga coach Lamont Paris said. ''He's a capable player. He's a talented player.''

BIG PICTURE

Chattanooga: The Mocs opened the season with an 11-point win over Charlotte, but they've had a tough stretch since then. Easley, a freshman, was the only Chattanooga player to reach double figures in scoring Friday.

Michigan: This was the most lopsided win of the season so far for the Wolverines, and an example of what they can do when they combine their tenacious defense with good outside shooting. Brazdeikis, Poole and Livers were a combined 6 of 10 from 3-point range.

BIG MEN

Each team had a 7-footer in the starting lineup, with Michigan's 7-foot-1 Jon Teske up against Chattanooga's 7-foot Thomas Smallwood. Both players finished with seven points. Teske led all players with 12 rebounds.

Teske also had three of Michigan's 10 steals .

''I think he knows his role and has embraced it. I think he's a perfect fit, really, for what they do,'' Paris said. ''I think he's capable as a shooter, so you can't just slough off on some of those other guys and over-help. He'll make the 15-footer.''

PREOCCUPIED

Needless to say, this was not the main event for Michigan fans this week. The football team plays at Ohio State on Saturday. With 3:18 left in regulation, the basketball fans at Crisler Center were chanting ''Beat Ohio'' - and the same message appeared on the scoreboard moments later.

''I feel like we're all going to get together (to watch it),'' Brazdeikis said. ''That's going to be an exciting game.''

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The two teams immediately ahead of Michigan in the AP Top 25 - Auburn and North Carolina - both lost this week, so the Wolverines have a good chance to move up.

UP NEXT

Chattanooga: The Mocs host Hiwassee on Tuesday night.

Michigan: The Wolverines host No. 7 North Carolina on Wednesday night. The teams met last year at North Carolina, with the Tar Heels winning 86-71.

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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 Colin Castleton 23.0
  David Jean-Baptiste missed 3-pt. jump shot 25.0
  Defensive rebound by Maurice Commander 31.0
  C.J. Baird missed 3-pt. jump shot 33.0
  Defensive rebound by Colin Castleton 42.0
  Maurice Commander missed 3-pt. jump shot 44.0
+ 3 C.J. Baird made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by David DeJulius 57.0
  Defensive rebound by Colin Castleton 1:06
  Kevin Easley missed jump shot 1:08
  Defensive rebound by Chattanooga 1:23
  Adrien Nunez missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:25
Team Stats
Points 55 83
Field Goals 22-61 (36.1%) 29-59 (49.2%)
3-Pointers 9-22 (40.9%) 8-22 (36.4%)
Free Throws 2-4 (50.0%) 17-24 (70.8%)
Total Rebounds 31 44
Offensive 5 10
Defensive 21 32
Team 5 2
Assists 13 13
Steals 2 10
Blocks 2 2
Turnovers 12 5
Fouls 17 5
Technicals 0 0
21 PTS, 7 REB
20 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Chattanooga 2-5 223355
home team logo 9 Michigan 6-0 424183
Team Stats
away team logo Chattanooga 2-5 70.9 PPG 37.6 RPG 13.1 APG
home team logo 9 Michigan 6-0 69.6 PPG 37.9 RPG 13.8 APG
Key Players
34
K. Easley F 14.2 PPG 6.7 RPG 1.2 APG 44.4 FG%
00
I. Brazdeikis F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
K. Easley F 21 PTS 7 REB 0 AST
I. Brazdeikis F 20 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
36.1 FG% 49.2
40.9 3PT FG% 36.4
50.0 FT% 70.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Easley 21 7 0 8/13 5/6 0/0 0 28 0 0 3 1 6
J. Johnson Jr. 8 0 2 3/9 2/4 0/0 3 26 0 0 1 0 0
T. Smallwood 7 4 1 3/8 1/3 0/0 2 24 0 1 2 2 2
D. Toatley 5 1 3 2/9 0/2 1/2 3 19 0 0 3 0 1
J. Scott 3 4 0 1/2 0/0 1/2 3 24 1 0 1 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Easley 21 7 0 8/13 5/6 0/0 0 28 0 0 3 1 6
J. Johnson Jr. 8 0 2 3/9 2/4 0/0 3 26 0 0 1 0 0
T. Smallwood 7 4 1 3/8 1/3 0/0 2 24 0 1 2 2 2
D. Toatley 5 1 3 2/9 0/2 1/2 3 19 0 0 3 0 1
J. Scott 3 4 0 1/2 0/0 1/2 3 24 1 0 1 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Jean-Baptiste 4 1 2 2/9 0/3 0/0 0 27 0 0 0 0 1
M. Commander 4 3 3 2/6 0/1 0/0 2 25 1 0 2 0 3
K. Kerby 3 3 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 4 12 0 0 0 0 3
J. Brown 0 3 1 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 15 0 1 0 1 2
R. Vila - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Moss - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Caldwell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Tostado - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 55 26 13 22/61 9/22 2/4 17 200 2 2 12 5 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Brazdeikis 20 7 1 6/10 2/4 6/7 2 19 0 1 0 2 5
J. Poole 14 6 2 6/10 2/3 0/0 0 29 0 0 0 1 5
C. Matthews 8 1 3 2/9 0/2 4/6 0 26 2 0 0 0 1
J. Teske 7 12 0 3/6 0/2 1/1 1 23 3 1 0 3 9
Z. Simpson 3 2 2 1/3 0/0 1/2 0 25 1 0 2 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Brazdeikis 20 7 1 6/10 2/4 6/7 2 19 0 1 0 2 5
J. Poole 14 6 2 6/10 2/3 0/0 0 29 0 0 0 1 5
C. Matthews 8 1 3 2/9 0/2 4/6 0 26 2 0 0 0 1
J. Teske 7 12 0 3/6 0/2 1/1 1 23 3 1 0 3 9
Z. Simpson 3 2 2 1/3 0/0 1/2 0 25 1 0 2 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Livers 12 2 2 4/5 2/3 2/2 1 23 2 0 1 0 2
E. Brooks 9 3 2 3/5 1/3 2/2 1 20 1 0 0 0 3
A. Davis 6 3 0 3/4 0/0 0/0 0 10 0 0 0 1 2
C. Baird 3 0 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
C. Castleton 1 5 0 0/0 0/0 1/4 0 4 0 0 0 2 3
L. Wilson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0
D. DeJulius 0 0 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 7 1 0 1 0 0
B. Johns Jr. 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 1 0
A. Nunez 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
J. Faulds - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 83 42 13 29/59 8/22 17/24 5 200 10 2 5 10 32