Michigan Relinquishes First-Half Lead in Loss to Wildcats

Jan. 10, 2010

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Northwestern 68, Michigan 62
Records: U-M (8-7, 2-2), Northwestern (12-3, 1-2)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Jan. 14 -- vs. Indiana (Crisler Arena), 9 p.m. (TV: ESPN)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Much like Thursday's victory at Penn State, today's matchup with Northwestern was a tale of two halves, except this time, the University of Michigan men's basketball team came out on the losing end, falling, 68-62, to Northwestern on Sunday (Jan. 10) inside Crisler Arena.

The Wolverines committed 18 turnovers in the game and the hot-shooting Wildcats overcame a 17-point first-half deficit to secure their first Big Ten victory. Junior Manny Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford) led the Wolverines with 24 points and nine rebounds, while senior DeShawn Sims (Detroit, Mich./Pershing) added 17 points.

The Wolverines trailed 61-56 before back-to-back triples from sophomore Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) and freshman Darius Morris (Los Angeles, Calif./Windward) put Michigan on top 62-61 with 1:28 left. However, Michigan did not score again as the Wildcats went 7-of-9 from the free throw line to secure the win.

Michigan jumped on the Wildcats early as Douglass drilled a three-pointer to give the Wolverines an early 8-4 lead with 15:14 left in the first half. A huge 20-5 run in the middle of the half propelled the Wolverines to their biggest lead at 31-14 with 4:23 to play. Sims then brought the Crisler Arena faithful to its feet with a thunderous dunk in traffic, while Morris and sophomore Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) also connected on three-pointers.

Northwestern countered with a quick 11-0 spurt that included a trio of three-pointers from freshman guard Drew Crawford, but Michigan responded and went into the locker room leading, 37-28. Michigan shot 50 percent (12-of-24 FG) from the field in the half and held the Wildcats to just 34.5 percent (10-of-29 FG).

The Wildcats' first-half shooting woes quickly became a thing of the past as they came out firing in the second half with a quick 11-2 run. Seven straight points from Harris put the Wolverines back up 44-39 with 15:41 left. Northwestern was not discouraged, however, hitting six three-pointers and forcing eight Michigan turnovers during a 20-5 run of its own to take a 59-49 lead with 7:28 to play. The Wolverines clawed their way back as the Harris got to the rim and converted a three-point play and later threw down a fast-break dunk to cut the deficit to three.

Northwestern went 7-for-10 from downtown in the second half and finished the game shooting 45.8 percent (11-of-24 3FG) from beyond the arc. Crawford carried the Wildcats throughout the game and finished with 25 points and eight rebounds.

The Wolverines will look to rebound when they host Indiana this Thursday (Jan. 14) at 9 p.m. inside Crisler Arena. The game will be broadcast to a national audience on ESPN.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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