Wolverines Drop Conference Road Game at Northwestern

Feb. 2, 2010

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Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Score: Northwestern 67, Michigan 52
Records: U-M (11-11, 4-6 Big Ten), Northwestern (15-7, 4-6 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 6 -- vs. Wisconsin (Crisler Arena), 4 p.m. (TV: CBS)

EVANSTON, Ill. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team came into Evanston looking to avenge an earlier loss at Crisler Arena but fell, 67-52, at Northwestern on Tuesday (Feb. 2) inside Welsh-Ryan Arena. Junior guard Manny Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford HS) and freshman guard Darius Morris (Los Angeles, Calif./Windward) led the Wolverines with 11 points each. Harris added five rebounds, three steals, and three assists, while Morris had two assists.

The Wolverines tied the game at 27-all with 6:40 to go in the first half on a Morris free throw before Northwestern slowly built its lead throughout the remainder of the contest.

The Wolverines trailed 7-2 early after senior forward DeShawn Sims (Detroit, Mich./Pershing) had scored the game's first two points. Finally, at the 14:57 mark, Harris found sophomore guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) at the top of the key and Douglass sunk the three-pointer to end the shooting drought.

The half quickly turned into a thrilling long-range shooting exhibition as Northwestern made six of its first eight three-pointers and 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) for the half. Michigan nearly matched the Wildcats, trailing only 35-30 at halftime, making 6-of-18 three-point field goals and despite getting only four points from Sims, who had been averaging 17.6 points per game.

It was a slow start for both teams in the second half. Michigan began shooting 0-for-6, until sophomore guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) made a three-pointer in transition at the 16:06 mark. After going down 41-33, Novak battled for an offensive rebound and got the layup, but Northwestern extended its lead to 51-35 while holding Michigan scoreless until Douglass returned to the game after an ankle injury to score the Wolverines' next basket with 7:00 remaining.

Harris (11 points) and Sims (four points), who combine to average 53 percent of Michigan's offense, accounted for only 15 of Michigan's 52 points (28 percent) against Northwestern. Meanwhile, U-M had 18 points off the bench.

The Wolverines return to Crisler Arena on Saturday (Feb. 6) when they host Wisconsin. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. and the game will be televised on CBS.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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