ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Zak Irvin scored 16 of his 23 points in the first half, and No. 24 Michigan rolled to a 77-53 victory over Bucknell on Monday night.
Max Bielfeldt added 18 points for Michigan, more than quadrupling his career high, and the Wolverines (2-0) never looked back after scoring the game’s first 10 points. Bucknell (1-1) turned the ball over 17 times.
Derrick Walton scored 15 points for Michigan, which led 48-19 at halftime. Chris Hass scored 21 for the Bison, but he was the only Bucknell player in double figures.
Bucknell shot 1 for 9 from 3-point range in the first half.
Michigan started somewhat slowly in its win over Division II Hillsdale on Saturday, but that wasn’t a problem this time. Bielfeldt, who didn’t play at all in the season opener, scored 13 points in the first half against Bucknell. His previous career high was four.
Bielfeldt’s dunk put the Wolverines up 19-7, and a 3-pointer by Irvin pushed the lead to 17.
The 6-foot-7 Bielfeldt is the lone senior on Michigan’s roster, and the Wolverines need to figure out who can give them quality minutes in the frontcourt after losing Mitch McGary, Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford from last season’s Big Ten championship team.
Freshman forwards Mark Donnal and Ricky Doyle combined for 11 points and eight rebounds Sunday.
Irvin shot 8 of 13, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range.