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.