PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- After two straight losses, Michigan’s basketball team needed a win in a bad way.
On Saturday night, the Wolverines got exactly that -- as U-M would coast to a blow out win against Charlotte, 102-47, in the consolation bracket of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.
Struggling to find their shot against UConn in Wednesday’s 74-60 loss to the Huskies, U-M’s offense shined on Thursday night, with four players scoring in double figures, as the team would shoot 61.9 percent form the field, while making 23-of-32 second-half shots, at 71.9 percent rate.
Michigan (3-2) was led by Moritz Wagner’s 19-points on 8-of-9 shooting coming off the bench. Caris LeVert added 13-points and led U-M with five assists. Zak Irvin (12-points) and Aubrey Dawkins (10-points) each scored in double figures.
Beyond the arc is where U-M really took advantage of Charlotte’s poor perimeter defense, with Michigan making 12-of-23 from the 3-point range while Charlotte would only finish 4-of-18.
Michigan held Charlotte (1-4) to 25.9 percent shooting on 15-of-58 shots, with no 49ers player reaching double digit scoring. In fact, Adrian White led Charlotte with only nine points.
Ricky Doyle started at center for U-M for the second straight game, finishing with eight points and eight rebounds.
Michigan’s 102 points is a new tournament record, in only the fifth year of the tournaments existence.
U-M led 44-22 at halftime.