Jan. 26, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: #5 Michigan State 57, Michigan 56
Records: U-M (10-10, 3-5 Big Ten), Michigan State (18-3, 8-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 30 -- vs. Iowa (Crisler Arena), 4:35 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- An alley-oop layup by senior DeShawn Sims (Detroit, Mich./Pershing) with 1.5 seconds left fell off the rim and the University of Michigan men's basketball team came up short in its upset bid of Michigan State (No. 5 AP/No. 5 AP/USA Today) on Tuesday night (Jan. 26), falling, 57-56, inside a sold-out Crisler Arena. The Wolverines held a 56-55 lead before a jumper from Michigan State guard Kalin Lucas with 3.5 seconds remaining gave Michigan State the lead and the eventual victory.
Freshman Darius Morris (Los Angeles, Calif./Windward) converted a fast-break layup that gave Michigan a 56-53 lead with 2:38 to play, but the Wolverines were unable to score again. Michigan State forward Raymar Morgan, who led the Spartans with 20 points, put in a bucket of his own with 1:09 left to cut the lead to one and the Wolverines missed two shots in the final minute of action before Lucas' jumper.
Michigan matched its in-state rival shot for shot in the second half of a game that featured 17 lead changes as neither team held more than a three-point advantage for the final eight minutes. Although allowing the Spartans to shoot 49 percent (24-for-49) from the floor, it was the Wolverine defensive effort that kept it close as they forced 18 turnovers that led to 23 points. Michigan slowed down the Spartan attack by controlling the tempo and holding a 13-2 advantage in fast-break points.
The boisterous Crisler Arena crowd was treated to a closely contested opening half with neither team establishing a double-digit lead. After scoring the first basket of the game, Michigan trailed for the next seven minutes before a Sims baseline jumper put U-M back on top, 15-14, with 11:21 to play. A three-pointer from junior Anthony Wright (Sterling, Va./Oak Hill Academy), followed by five straight points from junior Manny Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford), the Big Ten's leading scorer (19.2 ppg), gave Michigan its biggest lead of the half at 23-16 with 9:38 to play. Harris was reinstated following a suspension that forced him to sit out last Saturday's game against Purdue. He did not start against Michigan State but played 36 minutes. The Wolverines led at halftime, 27-25.
Michigan State held the shooting advantage over the Wolverines in the first half, 41 percent compared to 29 percent, but the aggressive Michigan defense forced the Spartans into 11 turnovers that led to 15 points. Lucas was held to just two points (1-for-5 FG) in the opening 20 as the Michigan State offense struggled to find a rhythm. Morgan picked up the slack for the Spartans, accounting for 13 of Michigan State's 25 points.
Following an 8-0 Michigan State run from 12:46 to 11:38 in the second half, Sims and Harris stepped up with back-to-back triples to cut the lead to one (46-45) with 8:15 to play in the contest. As the pressure built and the Spartans continuing to answer the Wolverine surge, it was Sims and Harris that kept Michigan in the game. During an eight-minute stretch, the two players combined to score 17 straight points for U-M and had 22 of the team's 29 points in the second half. Sims led Michigan with 19 points in the game, while Harris contributed 16 points and five assists.
The Wolverines will look to bounce back when they host Iowa this Saturday (Jan. 30) at 4:35 p.m. inside Crisler Arena. The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423