Fab five: Starters shine as No. 3 Michigan hurdles Arkansas

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Ann Arbor, MI, United States (4E Sports) – Five starters, led by freshman Glenn Robinson III’s 17 points, scored in double figures to carry No. 3 Michigan to an 80-67 triumph over Arkansas Friday at Crisler Center, giving head coach John Beilein his 100th win with the Wolverines.

Sophomore guard Trey Burke tallied 16 with seven assists and junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. recorded 14 points and nine rebounds as the Wolverines improved to 9-0, their best start in 24 years.

Junior forward Jordan Morgan garnered his second double-double of the season, compiling 12 points and 10 boards, while freshman guard Nik Stauskas added 12 points, helping Beilein became the seventh Wolverine coach to reach to century mark in wins.

It was the first time since Dec. 22, 2011 against Bradley that Michigan had all five starters score in double figures.

The Wolverines dominated the paint, outscoring (42-26) and outrebounding (42-26) the Razorbacks, who fell to 4-4.

Marshawn Powell scored 18 points, Kikko Haydar added 13 off the bench and Rickey Scott and Hunter Mickelson had 10 apiece for the Razorbacks.

The Wolverines, who led from start to finish, outrebounded Arkansas, 42-26, as well as outscored the Razorbacks, 42-26, in the shaded area.

Burke buried a three-pointer to start the game while Robinson and Hardaway fueled an 8-0 run midway through the first half for a 20-11 lead. The Wolverines then padded their lead to 34-21 before settling for a 42-32 lead at the half.

Michigan outshot Arkansas, 52 percent (15-of-29) to 41 percent (13-of-32) and outrebounded the Razorbacks, 21-12 in the first half.

The Razorbacks saw their lead cut to just one midway through the second half but they Wolverines outscored the Razorbacks, 26-14, in the final nine minutes to pull away with the victory.

The Wolverines will wrap up a three-game homestand at Crisler Center Tuesday when they face Binghamton.

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