ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team suffered its second straight loss, a 72-61 setback to Wisconsin (No. 24 AP, No. 23 ESPN/USA Today) Saturday afternoon (Jan. 22) at Crisler Arena. The Wolverines (12-7, 3-2 Big Ten) started the game slowly before charging out midway through the first half, but were unable to carry that momentum into the second frame.
Petway led the swat team with five blocked shots and added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
After winning the initial tipoff, Harris opened up the game with a jumper from the wing to give the Wolverines and early 2-0 advantage. Wisconsin started off hot, responding with a 9-0 run until Horton snapped the Maize and Blue's four-minute scoreless streak with a soft jumper from just outside the lane to cut the Wisconsin lead to 9-4 with 14:44 left. Following another Badger basket, Horton replied with a three-pointer from the wing to pull the Wolverines to within four (11-7) with 13:52 remaining in the first half.
Following a reverse layup by freshman Ron Coleman (Romulus, Mich./Romulus HS) to cut the Wisconsin lead to two (11-9), Harris connected with a three-pointer to give Michigan its first lead (14-13) since the first basket of the game. A Sims layup completed the Wolverines' 7-0 run, putting U-M up 16-13 with 10:43 left in the half.
Following another three by Harris to give Michigan its largest lead of the first half (21-17) with 8:28 remaining, Wisconsin followed with a 6-0 run of its own. The Wolverines battled back, exchanging free throws with the Badgers until a Horton baseline jumper tied the game at 30 with 3:08 left before halftime. Wisconsin closed out the half on a 7-2 run, sending Michigan to the locker room trailing 37-32.
Horton and Harris led the way for the Wolverines in the first half, each recording 10 points while going 2-for-4 behind the three-point arc. Horton also chipped in five assists, while Harris was a perfect 2-for-2 from the charity stripe.
Wisconsin carried its first-half momentum into the second half, opening up a 13-4 run to extend its lead to 50-36 with just over five minutes into the second period (14:55). Petway got things going for Michigan, connecting on a fall-away jumper and an ensuing free throw to cut the Wolverine deficit to 50-40 with 12:37 left in the game.
After two Wisconsin buckets, Harris connected on a driving layup followed by a Petway floater from the baseline to bring the score to 54-44 (10:40). The Wolverines gave a gallant effort until the final horn, holding the Badgers scoreless from the field in the last 6:44, but could never get the lead to less than 10 points.
The Wolverines will look to end their two-game slide when they take on intrastate rival Michigan State, Thursday (Jan. 27), at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich. The game will be televised by ESPN and tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423