Score: #1 Connecticut 69, Michigan 61
Records: U-M (15-9, 5-6 Big Ten), Connecticut (22-1, 10-1 Big East)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, Feb. 10 -- vs. Michigan State (Crisler Arena), 7 p.m.
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STORRS, Conn. -- Freshman guard Stu Douglass(Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS) scored a team- and career-high 20 points as the University of Michigan men's basketball team pushed top-ranked Connecticut to the limit before falling 69-61 on Saturday evening (Feb. 7) at Gampel Pavilion. Sophomore guard Manny Harris(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Redford HS) added 15 points.
The Huskies used a 19-8 free-throw edge and 50-percent shooting (11-of-22) in the second half to overcome U-M's one-point halftime lead.
Connecticut jumped out to a quick 8-1 lead, but the Maize and Blue scored the next five points on a trifecta from senior/junior Zack Gibson(Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) and a pair of free throws by Harris. Junior DeShawn Sims (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Pershing HS) made the second of back-to-back buckets with a pump fake and lay-in with 11:52 left in the first half to tie the game, 14-14.
Douglass buried a triple to give U-M its first lead, 17-15, forcing a timeout by the Huskies and then canned another triple with eight minutes remaining in the half to put the Wolverines on top, 20-18.
A Harris bucket sparked a 9-0 run by the Maize and Blue that put U-M on top 29-21 with 3:48 to play in the opening stanza, but a 10-2 run by Connecticut tied the game with 90 seconds to play in the frame. Douglass then sank a 30-foot three-pointer to beat the shot clock and help send the Wolverines into the break up 34-33.
Douglass and Hasheem Thabeet each led the way with 11 points for his respective team at the intermission. The Maize and Blue shot 46.4 percent (13-of-28) in the first half, while the Huskies went 11-of-30 (36.7 percent).
The Wolverines and Huskies went back and forth to open the second half until Connecticut went on a 9-0 run to take a 48-43 lead with 11:18 to play.
Connecticut built its advantage to as much as 10 before back-to-back triples by Harris and Douglass trimmed the lead back to four, 57-53, with 6:38 left.
Douglass made two more triples in the final two minutes, giving him six total in the contest, but it was not enough as Connecticut held on for the eight-point victory.
Jerome Dyson led Connecticut with 19 points; Thabeet added 17.
The Wolverines will return home to Crisler Arena on Tuesday (Feb. 10) when they host in-state rival Michigan State. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast live on ESPN.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423