Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team dumps winless Alabama A&M, 97-47

Michigan guard Charles Matthews, right, drives during the second half against Alabama A&M on Thursday in Ann Arbor. (AP photo)

By BOB DUFF
Associated Press
ANN ARBOR — Charles Matthews believes he finally has the Michigan offense down pat, and it’s looking like that is going to be bad news for opponents.
Matthews scored 22 of his season-high 31 points in the first half and Michigan routed Alabama A&M 97-47 on Thursday night.
“I think he’s starting to understand how it all fits together,” Michigan coach John Beilein said.
Extending their winning streak to a season-high four games, the Wolverines (11-3) also got 18 points from Duncan Robinson and 14 from Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman.
Senior guard Marcus Merriweather led winless Alabama A&M (0-12) with 16 points and Andre Kennedy added 10 points and seven rebounds. The Bulldogs surrendered more than 90 points in a game for the fifth time this season, and have lost each game by an average of 24.1 points.
“We competed for the first 10 minutes and then their talent and their will just took over,” Bulldogs coach Donnie Marsh said.
Matthews scored Michigan’s first seven points as the Wolverines built a 51-23 halftime advantage and never trailed.
“He came out and set the tone with those first seven,” Robinson said. “That was big.  I’m always going to be in his ear to continue to push him to be like that.”
Matthews transferred to Michigan after playing his freshman season at Kentucky, forcing him to sit out last season and work with Michigan’s scout team. He utilized that down time to work with Beilein and Michigan assistant coach DeAndre Haynes on his offensive game.
“They’ve been teaching me different moves, different ways to get my shot off,” Matthews said. “It’s really helping me become a more effective scorer.”