March 11, 2010
Big Ten Tournament Postgame: Press Conference (John Beilein, DeShawn Sims, Manny Harris, Zack Novak)
Michigan Players in Lockerroom: Manny Harris | Zack Gibson | Laval Lucas-Perry
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Site: Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Event: Big Ten Tournament First Round
Score: Michigan 59, Iowa 52
Records: U-M (15-16, 7-11 Big Ten), Iowa (11-21, 4-14 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 12 -- vs. Ohio State - Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal (Conseco Fieldhouse), Noon (TV: ESPN)
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Junior guard Manny Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford) scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the University of Michigan men's basketball team led wire to wire in defeating Iowa, 59-52, on Thursday (March 11) in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse. Senior forward DeShawn Sims (Detroit, Mich./Pershing) added 14 points for the Wolverines in the victory.
U-M opened the game strong and held off a couple of runs by Iowa to defeat the Hawkeyes for the third straight year in the Big Ten Tournament first round.
The Maize and Blue jumped out to a quick 12-4 start, fueled by Harris and Sims, in the opening five minutes of the contest. Harris opened the game with a triple and added another bucket early, while Sims scored seven as the Wolverines jumped on top.
Following the first media timeout, U-M scored five straight to push its lead to 17-6 with 11:52 to play in the half.
The Michigan run hit 12-2 on a trifecta from the right wing by sophomore guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) at the 9:17 mark, forcing the second Iowa timeout of the half. The Wolverines opened the contest 8-for-14 (57.1 percent) from the field.
A 9-3 burst by the Hawkeyes trimmed the U-M advantage to nine, 29-20, with 2:44 to play before the intermission. The Maize and Blue lead remained at nine, 32-23, at the break.
Harris scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds in the opening 20 minutes to lead the Wolverines; Sims added 10 points for the Maize and Blue. Cully Payne led all scorers with 13 points for the Hawkeyes.
After Sims made the first basket to open the second half, Iowa used a 7-0 run to pull within four, 34-30, forcing a Michigan timeout four-and-a-half minutes into the second stanza. U-M opened the second half just 1-for-11 from the floor.
Sophomore guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) sparked an 11-4 burst for the Wolverines with a triple following the first media timeout of the second half. Fifth-year senior forward Zack Gibson (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) added an old-fashioned three-point play and junior/sophomore guard Laval Lucas-Perry (Flint, Mich./Powers Catholic) buried a triple as the U-M advantage increased to 45-34 with 11:27 remaining in the contest.
The Michigan lead reached 16, 54-41, courtesy of a 10-2 run, started by a pair of free throws by Gibson and capped by a pair from the charity stripe by Harris with just over four minutes to play.
Iowa used an 11-0 run to pull within five, 57-52, with 1:21 left, but U-M held off the Hawkeyes to reach the conference tournament quarterfinal.
Payne led all scorers with 25 points for Iowa; Aaron Fuller added 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Michigan will return to the floor at Conseco Fieldhouse tomorrow (Friday, March 12) when it takes on top-seeded Ohio State (No. 5 AP/No. 7 ESPN/USA Today). The game is scheduled for noon and will be broadcast on ESPN.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423