Second-Half Surge Lifts Wisconsin Over Wolverines
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Site: Madison, Wis. (Kohl Center)
Score: Wisconsin 60, Michigan 55
Records: U-M (18-12, 8-9 Big Ten), UW (18-10, 9-7 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 7 -- at Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.), 11 a.m. CST

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MADISON, Wis. -- A 13-2 run to start the second half helped lead Wisconsin to a victory over the University of Michigan men's basketball team, 60-55, on Sunday afternoon (March 1) at the Kohl Center. Junior forward DeShawn Sims(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Pershing) led the Wolverines with 17 points, while sophomore guard Manny Harris(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Redford) added 15.

The Wolverines fell into an early hole as the host Badgers scored the first eight points of the contest. The Wisconsin lead grew to nine, 18-9, before Harris drained a triple from the left wing and freshman guard Zack Novak(Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) found senior/junior forward Zack Gibson(Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) backdoor for a jam to cut the Badger lead to four, 18-14, with 11:14 left in the half.

Wisconsin pushed its lead back to nine, 24-15, but the Maize and Blue responded with a 15-2 run, taking its first lead of the contest, 28-26, on a triple by fifth-year senior guard C.J. Lee(Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland) with three minutes to play in the opening frame. Lee hit another trey during the run and Sims also converted a pair of buckets during the U-M burst.

Wisconsin evened the score, 32-32, but Harris capped the scoring in the half with a pair of free throws after being fouled with less than a second remaining before the intermission. Sims led all scorers with 11 points in the first half; Harris added nine for the Maize and Blue. Trevon Hughes paced Wisconsin with nine points.

Both teams were hot from the field in the opening 20 minutes, Wisconsin shot 56 percent in the half (14-of-25) but was bettered by Michigan's 56.5 percent (13-of-23).

Wisconsin opened the half with a 13-2 run to take a nine-point advantage before sophomore/freshman Laval Lucas-Perry(Flint, Mich./Powers Catholic) converted from long-range and Harris drove for a deuce to cut the Badger lead to 45-41 with nine minutes to play.

Back-to-back baskets by Sims trimmed the Wisconsin lead to just a pair, 52-50, with just under four minutes to play, but U-M was unable to get any closer as Wisconsin escaped with the home victory.

Hughes led Wisconsin with 19 points in the contest.

The Maize and Blue will return to action next Saturday (March 7) when U-M travels to Minnesota for its final regular-season contest. Game time between the Wolverines and Golden Gophers is scheduled for 11 a.m. CST at Williams Arena in Minneapoilis, Minn., and the contest will be televised on ESPN.




N O T E S

With today's loss, Michigan dropped the season series to Wisconsin, 0-2. The Wolverines have now lost six straight against the Badgers and the last seven at the Kohl Center. Overall, Michigan is 89-60 all-time against Wisconsin.

Michigan closed its game against Wisconsin with seven turnovers, its lowest total since recording seven against the Badgers at Crisler Arena on Dec. 31. The Wolverines had a season-low five against Eastern Michigan on Dec. 13 and vs. Oakland on Dec. 20.

Manny Harris' 15 points give him 22 games scoring in double figures this season and his 50th overall in his 62-game career. Harris now has back-to-back seasons scoring more than 500 points; he now sits at 1,031 points in two seasons.

Manny Harris closed with eight rebounds for the second straight game. This season, he has 216 total rebounds for a 7.2 per-game average. He has 25 games with five or more rebounds.

With his 17 points, DeShawn Sims produced his 26th game this season scoring in double figures. It is the 52nd in his career. Sims continues to move closer to 1,000 career points as he now has 959 in his three seasons.

C.J. Lee has played 30 or more minutes in six of his last seven games; he played 32 minutes today. He closed the game with a career-best nine points while adding three rebounds and four assists and one steal.

For the fifth straight game, Michigan used the starting lineup of C.J. Lee, Stu Douglass and Manny Harris on the perimeter and Zack Novak and DeShawn Sims in the front court.

Manny Harris has now started all 62 games in his Michigan career. He is the only Wolverine on the roster that has started and played in every game of his career.


Q U O T E S

Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
On the game... "I thought it was a very good game, great crowd. The key points in this game were probably our start and our start in the second half. I can't put my finger on it right now, but that is something that you cannot do, especially when you are on the road -- get down and try to comeback. We did comeback in the first half, but we couldn't get back in the second half."

On being surprised by the slow second-half start... "Yeah, we started with two turnovers right away and they converted both of them. When you get down on one of Bo's (Ryan) teams, or one of (former UW coach) Dick Bennett's teams here -- being down five or seven is like being down fifteen to other people. They shorten the game and you are really going to have to make some huge shots. We like our shot selection. We took 10 threes in the first half, made five; we took 10 or 11 in the second half and made one."

On Wisconsin's defense in the second half... "Their defense was terrific. We started with the two turnovers and then we got down and we missed some shots. We only scored two points in the first eight minutes of the second half, they only scored 13, so we were doing what we needed to do defensively but, offensively, we couldn't buy a basket and their defense was great."

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423


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