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Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team runs all over Houston Baptist, 111-68

Houston Baptist guard Myles Pierre, left, dribbles the ball while defended by Michigan forward Isaiah Livers during the first half in Ann Arbor on Friday. (AP photo)

By MATT SCHOCH
Associated Press
ANN ARBOR — Isaiah Livers scored 24 points, one of five Michigan players to set a career high, and the Wolverines defeated Houston Baptist 111-68 on Friday night.
Zavier Simpson scored 22 points and had a career-high 14 assists. Simpson, who entered Friday at ninth in the nation with 7.3 assists per game, had nine at the half.
Also setting career marks in scoring were sophomores Colin Castleton (12 points) and Adrien Nunez (eight). Cole Bajema (five points) and Rico Ozuna-Harrison (two) had their first career baskets. Simpson was two points shy of his career high.
David DeJulius had 10 points to tie his career best for coach Juwan Howard, who moved to 4-0 since taking over at his alma mater.
Ian DuBose led HBU (0-4) with 16 points.
Michigan took a 26-4 lead and never looked back. Nunez beat the halftime buzzer with a 3-pointer to put Michigan up 63-26.
The Wolverines were 23-of-39 shooting (59.0%) in the first half, the first time Michigan had a 60-point first half since playing HBU in 2013.
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