Wolverines Outlasted by Illinois
Site: Champaign, Ill. (Assembly Hall)
Score: Illinois 66, #25 Michigan 51
Records: U-M (13-4, 3-2 Big Ten), Illinois (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 17 -- vs. Ohio State (Crisler Arena), 8 p.m.

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The No. 25-ranked University of Michigan men's basketball team led by one at halftime but could not overcome the Fighting Illini's 47.8-percent field-goal shooting and fell, 66-51, at Illinois on Wednesday night (Jan. 14) in Assembly Hall. Sophomore guard Manny Harris(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Redford HS) led the Wolverines with 20 points, while freshman Zack Novak(Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton HS) grabbed a team- and career-high nine rebounds, including five on the offensive end.

The Maize and Blue jumped out to a quick 7-3 lead as junior forward DeShawn Sims(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Pershing HS) made the first two baskets for U-M and sophomore guard Kelvin Grady(Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids HS) gave the Wolverines a four-point lead with a trifecta. The two teams went back and forth in the opening five minutes and ended tied, 12-12.

The pace of the game slowed over the next three minutes as a Harris three-pointer was the only basket over the stretch, giving U-M a 15-12 advantage.

Senior/junior forward Zack Gibson(Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc HS) came off the bench and delivered back-to-back baskets, including a turnaround 16-footer from the baseline, as the Maize and Blue held a 19-16 lead with 8:15 left in the first stanza.

The Wolverines and Illini exchanged leads as halftime approached, with Michigan taking a 31-30 lead into the intermission. Novak scored the final five points of the first half that featured four ties and 11 lead changes.

Illinois' Demetri McCamey led all scorers at the break with 15; four Wolverines had five points in the opening stanza.

The Illini took a nine-point lead, 50-41, with 8:26 to play in the second half as U-M went five minutes scoreless and the Illini's Mike Tisdale had 13 of the first 20 to begin the second half for Illinois.

After a Harris triple cut the Illini lead to seven, 52-45, with 6:23 remaining, Illinois went on an 8-0 run to take a 60-45 advantage and closed out the contest from there to earn the victory.

Tisdale led all scorers with 24 points in the contest, while McCamey added 17.

The Wolverines return to Crisler Arena this Saturday (Jan. 17) at 8 p.m. when they host Ohio State at Crisler Arena. Michigan will honor the 20th anniversary of the 1989 men's basketball national championship team in a halftime ceremony.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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