Rick Osentoski, USA TODAY

Michigan cruises past Central Arkansas 97-53

Michigan faces zero struggles against Arkansas State, cruises to 97-53 victory.

From start to finish Michigan had full control of this basketball game.

After a sluggish start to the game by the Wolverines, a fast-paced first half was all it needed to put this game away as U-M clearly had the advantage in all facets against Central Arkansas, cruising to a 97-53 victory over the Bears on Tuesday night.

The Wolverines were aided by Muhammad-Ali Abdur Rahkman's hot hand in the first half after struggling to find his shot during most of the non-conference slate. Rahkman would finish the first half with a team leading 11 points, shooting 50% from beyond the arc. In fact, U-M as a team made nine three-pointers in the first half which tremendously aided the Wolverines and allowed them to get out to a lead it would never relinquish.

At the end of the first half, the Wolverines were all over the Bears, leading 49-20.

In the second half, it was much of the same for U-M. However, it was Moritz Wagner's turn to get hot and contribute some points. After finishing the first half with nine points, Wagner added another nine points before sitting out the rest of the half to receive some much needed rest.

The Wolverines finished the game shooting 52 percent from the floor. Wagner led the way with 18 points and seven rebounds. Zak Irvin, who added 16 points, six rebounds and three assists paced the Wolverines.

U-M will be back at Crisler Arena on Saturday to face Maryland Eastern Shore. Tip off is scheduled for 3 p.m. 

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