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Michigan moves to 2-0 after home victory against Central Michigan

NCAA Basketball: North Florida at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan Wolverines basketball squad won its opening game this past Saturday 86-66 against North Florida at the Crisler Center. With a couple days of rest, the Wolverines returned home sitting at 1-0 to take on the also 1-0 Central Michigan Chippewas.

It was a close one throughout, but the Wolverines managed to squeak by the Chippewas 72-65. Senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led the team in scoring with 17 points. Mo Wagner ended his night with a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds).

It took the Wolverines a late first-half surge to take a one-point lead into halftime, 32-31. But they came out swinging, specifically Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, to begin the second half. After an easy layup a minute and a half into the half, he then made a three-pointer on a nice jump pass from Duncan Robinson. MAAR scored the first five points of the half to continue Michigan’s big run dating back from the first half.

But the Chippewas weren’t going down without a fight. Robinson fouled CMU’s Josh Kozinski on a three-point shot attempt, which led to three made free throws. After a Kevin McKay jumper, Kozinski then made a three-point shot to make it a 45-44 CMU lead with 12:45 to play.

After traded made jump shots, transfer guard Jaaron Simmons made his first three-pointer of the night to give Michigan the two-point lead. Transfer forward Charles Matthews then followed that with a triple of his own. Michigan was up 54-49 and not letting up on the gas pedal.

CMU went without a made field goal for nearly seven minutes — from 10:07 to 3:32. The reason the Chippewas finally got that made field goal? A goaltending call.

After that, fans got quite the show from Matthews and Wagner, each getting some alley-oop dunks.

Other notable stats:

Duncan Robinson: 10 points (3-10 FG, 2-8 from 3)

Charles Matthews: 13 points (6-12 FG)

Zavier Simpson: 13 points (5-7 FG, 2-3 from 3), 3 assists, 2 steals

The Wolverines play next on Thursday at home as they host the Southern Mississippi Gold Eagles.