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Michigan 87, Coppin State 45

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The Michigan Wolverines didn't have leading scorer Nik Stauskas for their game Friday with Coppin State.

It also didn't have a problem.

Freshman guard Zak Irvin lit it up from the 3-point arc for a game-high 24 points and the 22nd-ranked Wolverines pounded the Eagles 87-45 at Crisler Arena.

Stauskas, who averaged 23.3 points last week in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and is scoring 20.3 points per game through six games, rolled his ankle and was held out.

But Irvin made 6 of 10 3-pointers after coming into the game hitting just 10 of 36 from the floor and 6 of 22 from the beyond the arc.

Guard Caris LeVert added 15 for Michigan (5-2), while forward Glenn Robinson III contributed 14 points and six rebounds.

Dallas Gary led Coppin State (2-3) with 11 points and Taariq Cephas contributed 10. Sterling Smith, who entered as Coppin State's leading scorer at 17.5 points per game, squeezed off only nine shots in 29 minutes and tallied nine.

The Wolverines pulled away in the first half with a 16-4 run, establishing a 33-16 advantage at the 4:34 mark on two free throws by LeVert, and never looked back. They led 42-23 at halftime and gradually added to the lead throughout the second half.

Michigan visits Duke on Tuesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Coppin State visits Gonzaga on Sunday night.

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