Feb. 6, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: #16 Wisconsin 62, Michigan 44
Records: U-M (11-12, 4-7 Big Ten), Wisconsin (18-5, 8-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Feb. 11 -- at Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.), 6 p.m. CST (TV: ESPN)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Facing its fifth ranked opponent in the last seven games, the University of Michigan's men's basketball team fell, 62-44, on Saturday (Feb. 6) to Wisconsin (No. 16 AP/No. 16 ESPN/USA Today) at Crisler Arena. Senior forward DeShawn Sims (Detroit, Mich./Pershing) led the Wolverines with 18 points.
The Wolverines shot a season-low 11 three-point field goals in the game, converting on only two of them (18 percent). Meanwhile, the Badgers shot 11-of-21 (52 percent) from behind the arc, including 9-of-13 (69 percent) in the first half, which proved to be the difference in the game.
After trailing 8-4 at the 15:00 mark in the first half, Michigan cut Wisconsin's lead to one (15-14) with eight straight points from Sims and a quick lay-up right off the bench from sophomore guard Laval Lucas-Perry (Flint, Mich./Powers Catholic). The Wolverines struggled to defend the hot-shooting Badgers, who shot 68 percent from the field (15-for-22) in the first half. Michigan then allowed Wisconsin to go on a 14-0 run, with three straight three-point baskets.
With 5:14 left in the half, the Wolverines came out of a timeout and went on a 10-3 run of their own, forcing Wisconsin into two straight shot clock violations. Junior guard Manny Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford) and Sims each made a three-pointer, Michigan's only three-point field goals. However, a half-court shot at the buzzer from Wisconsin guard Jason Bohannon sent Michigan into the locker room down 40-26 at the half.
Michigan came out of the break with a steal by sophomore forward Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) and a lay-up from freshman guard Darius Morris (Los Angeles, Calif./Windward). However, the Wolverines were unable to build on the quick start as Wisconsin countered with a 15-4 run that increased the margin to 19 (53-34). Michigan tried to ignite its offense from behind the three-point line but went 0-for-9 in the half.
Harris added 11 points, while Morris, making his first start since Dec. 13 against Detroit, scored eight. Sims and Harris were the only two players to score in double figures for Michigan, while Wisconsin had three players in double-digit scoring -- Bohannon (18), Trevon Hughes (14), and Jordan Taylor (13).
The Wolverines travel to Williams Arena to play Minnesota on Thursday (Feb. 11) in Minneapolis, Minn. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423