Michigan routs Montana to reach round of 32


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 17: Ignas Brazdeikis #13 of the Michigan Wolverines reacts in the first half against the Michigan State Spartans during the championship game of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at the United Center on March 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Charles Matthews had 22 points and 10 rebounds in his best performance since coming back from injury, and No. 2 seed Michigan put Montana away early in a 74-55 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Ignas Brazdeikis added 14 points and seven rebounds and Jon Teske had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Wolverines, who led the 15th-seeded Grizzlies by as many as 27 points in the second half.

The Wolverines made it to the round of 32 for the third straight year. They’ll play Florida on Saturday.

Sayeed Pridgett led Montana with 17 points.

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