2003-04 BKM vs. Central Michigan -- Postgame Notes

Today's attendance was 10,790.

Michigan improved to 5-0 at Crisler Arena this season and is 2-0 during a five-game homestand during the month of December.

U-M is undefeated (6-0) this season when leading at halftime. Michigan held a 50-32 lead at the half against Central Michigan.

Michigan has not lost this season when holding an advantage on the boards. The Maize and Blue improved to 5-0 after out-rebounding CMU 39-25 this afternoon.

In the starting lineup for the Wolverines today were senior Bernard Robinson Jr., sophomores Lester Abram, Graham Brown and Daniel Horton and freshman Courtney Sims.

With the 85-75 victory, Michigan improves to 110-27 all-time against Mid-American Conference opponents, including a mark of 18-2 against Central Michigan.

The Wolverines opened the game on a 31-5 run, including 23 unanswered points, highlighted by their 8-of-12 shooting from the floor. Earlier this season against High Point (Nov. 26), U-M went on a 21-2 run in the opening minutes at Crisler Arena and won the game by the score of 84-49.

Central Michigan did not reach double digits in the scoring column until 8:52 left in the first half. The Wolverines held the Chippewas to 4-of-15 shooting during the first 11:08 of the first stanza.

For the sixth time this season, Michigan had at least three players score in double figures. Lester Abram led the Wolverines with a career-best 24, Bernard Robinson Jr. dropped in 22 and Daniel Horton added 12.

Michigan had two players post 20 points or more for the first time since Feb. 19, 2003, against Purdue. This afternoon against Central Michigan, Lester Abram had a career-high 24 points, while Bernard Robinson Jr. added 22. Against the Boilermakers last season, Daniel Horton and LaVell Blanchard (1998-2003) had 31 and 20 points, respectively.

Michigan forced 10 turnovers and had eight steals and five blocked shots in the first half. U-M forced 18 turnovers in the game, had a season-best nine steals and added six blocks.

Michigan made 5-of-6 (83 percent) behind the three-point arc to open the contest. Lester Abram and Dion Harris each hit two triples and Daniel Horton connected on the other.

U-M set a season high for points in a half with 50 points in the first half of play. It marks the first time U-M dropped in 50 points in a half since the Wolverines scored 51 points in the second half against No. 1 Duke on Dec. 8, 2001.

In the first half, Michigan shot a season-best 63.3 percent (19-of-30) from the floor and added a season-best 60 percent from behind the arc (6-10). The Wolverines finished the game shooting 53.4 percent (31-of-58) and 41.2 percent (7-of-17), respectively.

For the seventh consecutive game this season Michigan totaled more steals than its opponent. The Wolverines collected nine swipes, while Central Michigan registered eight steals.

Michigan shot a season-best 80 percent for the free throw line as the Wolverines went 16-of-20 from the charity stripe. Entering the game, Michigan's best free throw performance was 75.9 percent against North Carolina State (Dec. 12).

With a two-point bucket at 19:44 by Lester Abram, Michigan opened the game's scoring for the seventh time this season. U-M is now 6-1 when scoring first.

Lester Abram scored seven points in the first 3:20 of the ball game en route to a career-high 24-point performance. Abram finished the game shooting 9-of-14 (64.3 percent) from the floor, 3-of-6 (50 percent) from three and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. Abram's pervious career-best scoring total was 20, set last season against IUPUI (Jan. 4, 2003).

With a three-point bucket at 9:47 of the first half, Lester Abram reached the 400-career point plateau.

With a jumper in the lane with 54 seconds remaining in the first half Bernard Robinson Jr. moved into sole possession of 29th place on U-M's all-time scoring list, passing Rickey Green's (1975-77) career total of 1,184. Robinson finished the game with a season-best 22 points for a career total of 1,193. The senior needs 18 more points to move into a tie with Richard Rellford (1982-85) for 27th on the list with 1,211.

Bernard Robinson Jr. collected his 40th career swat when he turned away a Gerrit Brigitha shot in the first half.

With three steals today against Central Michigan, Bernard Robinson Jr. improved his standing in the Big Ten Conference rankings, as the senior now leads the league with 19 steals in seven games for a league-leading average of 2.71.

Bernard Robinson Jr. tied a season best with five assists. Both Robinson and Daniel Horton had five helpers for the Wolverines against CMU.

Daniel Horton tied a career high with two blocked shots. Both of Horton's swats came in the first half of play.

J.C. Mathis pulled down a Michigan career-best 13 rebounds today, with six offensive and seven defensive boards. It marks the first time this season a Wolverine corralled 10 or more rebounds in a game.

Graham Brown tied career highs with nine boards and two assists. Brown set season highs with eight points and 29 minutes played.

Central Michigan shot 12-of-23 (.522) from behind the three-point arc against Michigan, marking the highest three-point shooting percentage allowed by the Wolverines this season. On Dec. 6, Vanderbilt converted 7-of-18 (.389) three-point shots.

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