Jon Teske made his first career start and scored a career-high 15 points and added 10 rebounds in place of injured junior forward Moritz Wagner.
The Wolverines took led by 33 at halftime and went on to rout Detroit Mercy, 90-58, in the first game of the Hitachi College Basketball Showcase at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Wagner, who suffered an ankle sprain on Tuesday in the win over Texas, shook hands with a couple Titans and refs before sitting on the bench in sweatpants. Through 12 games this season, the 6-foot-11 Wagner had led the Wolverines with 15.6 points and 7.6 rebounds.
Teske proved more than capable against the Titans. He scored a career-high 10 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Southern Miss on Nov. 16. He surpassed his previous high of 18 minutes, which came in the win at Texas.
Teske came into the game averaging 3.6 points and 3.1 rebounds in 11.2 minutes per game. He scored eight points and six rebounds in the first half.
Second-year center Austin Davis (6-10, 245 pounds) chipped in four points — with five fouls -- in seven minutes.
No. 1 in the second half
Charles Matthews scored three points on 1-for-6 shooting in the first half, then took over in the second half. He finished with a game-high 20 points and finished with seven rebounds. It's the fifth time Matthews has scored 20 or more points for the Wolverines this season.
Duncan Robinson had his best game since scoring 13 points in an 87-42 win over UC Riverside on Nov. 26. Robinson scored 11 points against the Titans, all in the first half.
Robinson hit 3-for-4 shots from 3-point range. It was the most 3-pointers he has made since making four in the 102-64 win over Chaminade on Nov. 21.
Zavier Simpson led Michigan with 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting and five assists in the first half. He finished with 12 points, a team-high seven assists and five rebounds. Simpson's shot has been coming along of late. He has made 17 of his past 27 shots (62.3 percent) over a four-game stretch.
The Titans turned the ball over 15 times in the first half and 22 times overall. The Titans missed 12 of 14 shots on two-point tries in the first half.
Kameron Chatman entered Saturday averaging 17.9 points and 8.1 rebounds for Detroit Mercy. He led the Titans with 18 points and 13 rebounds against the Wolverines. Corey Allen, who came into the game averaging a team-high 18.7 points, finished with 11 points on 2-for-9 shooting.
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