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No. 9 Michigan rolls past Chattanooga

Posted at 6:40 PM, Nov 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-23 18:40:20-05

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Iggy Brazdeikis scored 20 points and Jordan Poole added 14 to lead No. 9 Michigan to an easy 83-55 victory over Chattanooga on Friday.

Isaiah Livers added 12 points for the Wolverines, all in the first half. 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.

   Chattanooga: The Mocs opened the season with an 11-point win over Charlotte, but they've have 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.

   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.

   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.