Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (Williams Arena)
Score: Michigan 67, Minnesota 64
Records: U-M (19-12, 9-9 Big Ten), Minnesota (21-9, 9-9 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, March 12 -- at Big Ten Tournament (Indianapolis, Ind.)
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team trailed by 12 with 13:20 to play before rallying for the 67-64 comeback victory in its regular-season finale at Minnesota on Saturday afternoon (March 7) at Williams Arena. Junior forward DeShawn Sims(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Pershing) led all scorers with 24 points, while sophomore/freshman guard Laval Lucas-Perry(Flint, Mich./Powers Catholic) came off the bench to add 19 points and sophomore guard Manny Harris(Detroit, Mich./Redford) scored 14.
Michigan finished the contest on a 28-13 run over the final 13 minutes of the contest to finish at an even 9-9 in Big Ten play.
Sims and Lucas-Perry combined to carry the U-M offense early as each netted a half dozen as the Maize and Blue fell behind 21-12 in the early going. A 7-0 burst by the Wolverines cut the Minnesota lead back to just a point, 23-22, with under five minutes to play. Harris started the run with a triple before freshman guard Stu Douglass(Carmel, Ind./Carmel) and Sims each cashed in a pair from the charity stripe.
The Minnesota advantage jumped back to six before a trifecta from Sims and a coast-to-coast layup off a steal from fifth-year senior guard C.J. Lee(Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland) trimmed the lead back to one. The Gophers then got the final bucket of the half to take a three-point lead, 35-32, into the intermission. Sims led all scorers with 13 at the break, while the Gophers shot 12-of-21 (57.1 percent) as a team in the opening 20 minutes.
Minnesota started the second half on a 12-3 run to take a double-digit lead, 45-35, and force a Michigan timeout. The Gopher lead reached as high as 12, 51-39, at the 13:20 mark.
Trailing by 10, Lucas-Perry buried back-to-back triples to spark a 14-2 run to give Michigan its first lead of the second half, 60-58. A baseline jumper followed by a pair of free throws from Sims put the Maize and Blue on top for the first time in the second stanza.
The Michigan lead reached five, 65-60, on a triple by Harris with two minutes to play. Minnesota twice cut the lead to three and had the ball at the end of the contest, but a desperation heave by the Gophers went begging and the Wolverines came away with a big road win.
The Wolverines will next take the floor at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., on Thursday (March 12) in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. U-M's opponent and game time are still to be determined.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423