Western Michigan led 33-29 early in the second half before Hutcheson, Pokley and Brown each hit a 3-pointer during a run that pushed the cushion to double digits. Central Michigan got no closer than 10 points the rest of the way.
The Chippewas shot just 29.8 percent (14 of 47) from the floor and were outrebounded 42-27.
It's about time for someone other than Duke and Kentucky to grab the top class. Could it be Tom Izzo and Michigan State in 2017?
There's nowhere to go but up for the Eagles, who were winless in the ACC last season but return a slew of young players who gained valuable experience.
Officials: North Carolina must show proof of discrimination-free zone, or lose NCAA tournament games
North Carolina must prove to the NCAA that its host arenas will provide a discrimination-free zone or risk losing NCAA tournament games in 2017 and 2018, multiple officials told ESPN.