Harris and Sims Lead Wolverines Past No. 15 Buckeyes

Jan. 3, 2010

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 73, #15 Ohio State 64
Records: U-M (7-6, 1-1 Big Ten), OSU (10-4, 1-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Jan. 7 -- at Penn State (State College, Pa.), 7 p.m. (TV: ESPN2)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team used 52 combined points from senior DeShawn Sims (Detroit, Mich./Pershing) and junior Manny Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford) en route to its first conference win of the season, 73-64, over No. 15-ranked Ohio State in front of a sellout crowd at Crisler Arena Sunday afternoon (Jan. 3). The victory also marked U-M's first win over a ranked Ohio State squad since Jan. 16, 1999.

Sims led all scorers with a season-high 28 points, falling just one point shy of tying his career mark. He came up just one rebound short of a double-double, chipping in nine. Harris finished with 24 points -- his seventh game of 20 or more points this season -- and a team-high five assists.

The Wolverines jumped out to an early lead, using a 9-2 run to start the game and 14 points in the paint to build a 34-32 lead at the intermission. Michigan used 40 percent shooting from the outside, including a pair of three-pointers from sophomore guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) to counteract 14 first-half points from OSU's Jon Diebler. Harris and Sims each reached double figures in the opening stanza with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The two teams battled back and forth through the first 14 minutes of the second half until Ohio State grabbed a 55-54 lead with just over six minutes remaining. That is when U-M's dynamic duo of Sims and Harris combined for the next 11 points, including an acrobatic bucket and foul and a fall-away triple by Harris, all part of a 11-0 Michigan run to take a 65-55 lead. Michigan did not look back from there, using free throws and defense to seal the nine-point victory.

Michigan held OSU to just 28.2 percent shooting in the second half while scoring at a 65.2 percent clip of its own. Diebler finished with 17 points to pace the Buckeyes.

The Wolverines are back in action Thursday (Jan. 7) when they hit the road for a date with Penn State at 7 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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