Sims and Harris Combine for 40 Points in U-M's Victory Over Iowa

Jan. 30, 2010

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 60, Iowa 46
Records: U-M (11-10, 4-5 Big Ten), Iowa (8-14, 2-7 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, Feb. 2 -- at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.), 6 p.m. CT (TV: Big Ten Network)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in defeating Iowa, 60-46, in a Big Ten matchup at Crisler Arena on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 30).  Senior DeShawn Sims (Detroit, Mich/Pershing) and junior Manny Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford) combined for 40 of U-M's 60 points. Sims also hauled down 12 rebounds to record a double-double for the sixth time this season.

Michigan never trailed in the contest, racing out to a 17-2 lead behind a pair of triples from sophomore Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) and 11 combined points from Sims and Harris.  Michigan forced the overmatched Hawkeyes into six turnovers during the run and held Iowa without a field goal until the 10:34 mark of the the first half.   Iowa was never able to cut the deficit to single digits and never led in the contest. 

The Wolverines were efficient offensively in the first half, shooting 42 percent (11-for-26 FG) from the field and led at the break, 29-17.  Michigan was held without a field goal for nearly six minutes as Iowa narrowed the gap to 11 (24-13), but they struggled to find an offensive rhythm. Sims led all scorers with 11 points in the opening half.

Much like the first half, the Wolverines jumped on Iowa early in the second with a quick 7-2 spurt that included a trey from sophomore Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) as the shot clock expired.  U-M continued to control the game and built a 47-24 lead with a 10-0 run that was sparked by a converted and-one and a three-pointer from Harris. 

Michigan responded to its recent three-game losing streak that culminated in a heart-breaking 57-56 loss to Michigan State on Tuesday night (Jan. 26) against the Hawkeyes.  The Wolverines held Iowa to 17 percent shooting from downtown (4-for-24 3FG) as forward Aaron Fuller led Iowa with 16 points.

Michigan's physicality in the paint helped proude a 44-31 rebounding margin over the Hawkeyes.  The Wolverines collected 19 offensive rebounds that gave U-M a 22-3 advantage in second-chance points.

The Wolverines will look to avenge an earlier loss when they travel to Evanston, Ill., to face Northwestern this Tuesday (Feb. 2) at 6 p.m. CT.  Northwestern came back from 17 down to beat the Wolverines, 68-62, back on Jan. 10.  The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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