Jordan Morgan gives Michigan opponents one more problem, when they're already trying to figure out how to defend Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway...
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jordan Morgan gives Michigan opponents one more problem, when they’re already trying to figure out how to defend Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and the Wolverines’ talented freshmen.
Morgan scored a season-high 12 points and matched a season high with 10 rebounds to help No. 3 Michigan beat Arkansas 80-67 Saturday.
The Wolverines (9-0) are off to their best start since they won the first 11 games of the 1988-89 season, when they went on to win the program’s only national title.
“It doesn’t mean anything,” coach John Beilein insisted.
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It will mean a lot, Beilein acknowledged, if Morgan’s performance provided a glimpse of what the junior forward will do more often this season.
Morgan has been prone to playing passively throughout his career, but he grabbed six of the team’s 18 offensive rebounds because he played with a lot of energy.
“When he’s got that, we’re a much better team,” Beilein said.
Michigan’s entire starting lineup scored in double figures.
Glenn Robinson III scored 17, Burke had 16 points and seven assists, Hardaway scored 14 and Nik Stauskas added 12.
Michigan, which led Arkansas by as many as 13 points in the first half, was ahead by only one point, 56-55, with 8:58 left.
The Wolverines went on a 10-2 run and coasted to the win, Beilein’s 100th in six seasons at the school. Michigan was 10-22 in Beilein’s first year and won just 15 games in his third year.
“I hope the next 100 at Michigan are easier than the first 100,” he said.
Marshawn Powell had 18 points for the Razorbacks (4-4) and their leading scorer, BJ Young, scored all nine of his points in the first half before being held scoreless in 13 minutes of the second half when he appeared to have a leg injury.
“He might have a bruise,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. “I don’t think it was just a cramp. He got popped.”
Arkansas reserve Kikko Haydar had a career-high 13 points, Hunter Mickelson scored 10 and Rickey Scott had 10 points off the bench.
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At No. 1 Indiana 100, C. Connecticut St. 69
While Christian Watford scored 21 points and Cody Zeller had 19 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, it was the Hoosiers’ suffocating defense that had the starring role in a victory over Central Connecticut State.
Indiana is off to its second straight 9-0 start under coach Tom Crean. It has won 13 straight at Assembly Hall and 27 consecutive nonconference home games.
Central Connecticut State (4-4) shot just 33.3 percent and Kyle Vinales, the nation’s top scorer at 25.9 points per game, was just 3 of 15 from the field and finished with seven points.
No. 2 Duke 90, Temple 67
In East Rutherford, N.J., Seth Curry scored 23 points, big men Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly had double-doubles and Duke got the win at the Izod Center.
Curry was 5 for 9 from three-point range, leading Duke’s 12-for-20 effort from behind the arc.
Plumlee finished with 16 points — the first time he was below 19 this season — and 14 rebounds. Kelly had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Duke (9-0).
Quenton DeCosey had 13 points for the Owls (6-1).
At No. 4 Syracuse 108, Monmouth (N.J.) 56
Michael-Carter Williams had 15 points and a career-high 16 assists, C.J. Fair finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Syracuse (8-0) pounded Monmouth (5-5).
At No. 5 Louisville 99, Missouri-K.C. 47
Russ Smith scored a career-high 31 points, powering Louisville (8-1) to the easy victory over Missouri-Kansas City (4-5).
At No. 7 Ohio State 89, Long Beach State 55
Deshaun Thomas had 18 points, including a three-pointer in an 11-point run in the first half, and Ohio State (6-1) cruised past Long Beach State (3-6).