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Chippewas trail No.2 Michigan at halftime 46-29

CMU Freshman guard Derrick Richardson Jr. is blocked by several University of Michigan players during the first half of Saturday’s game at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. University of Michigan lead 46-29 at the half. (Jeffrey Smith/Staff Photographer)

Michigan sophomore point guard Trey Burke pushed the No.2 ranked Wolverines past Central Michigan early in first-half by scoring 12 points before the first media timeout.

Senior guard Kyle Randall tried to keep the Chippewas within reach of U of M to start by hitting two three-pointers, but it wasn’t enough to keep CMU within 15 points as it went into the half down 46-29.

The Chippewas have been out-sized all season and that was no different in the this game, but they kept up on the boards as they were even with the Wolverines, (18-18) including seven offensive boards.

Turnovers also proved costly for CMU in the first half as it gave up eight while U of M didn’t turn the ball over twice.

The Chippewas were led offensively by Randall who finished the half with eight points. Freshman guard Spencer Krannitz hit a couple of three-pointers for his six points of the half.

Burke finished the half with 17 points and three assists.

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