Site: Indianapolis, Ind. (Conseco Fieldhouse)
Event: Big Ten Tournament First Round
Score: Michigan 73, Iowa 45
Records: U-M (20-12), Iowa (15-17)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 13 -- vs. Illinois - Big Ten Tournament Second Round (Indianapolis, Ind.) 6:30 p.m.
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Junior forward DeShawn Sims(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Pershing) scored a school record for points in a conference tournament with 27 as the University of Michigan men's basketball team cruised past Iowa, 73-45, on Thursday afternoon (March 12) in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse. Sims is now over 1,000 points for his career, joining sophomore guard Manny Harris(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Redford) in the 1,000-point club. Harris added 18 points, seven rebounds and eight assists as the Maize and Blue led wire to wire.
U-M took the early lead as Sims started the contest 7-of-7 from the floor, scoring the first 14 points for the Wolverines as they took a 14-7 advantage eight minutes into the contest. Michigan pushed the margin beyond double digits when Harris converted an old-fashioned three-point play and sophomore/freshman guard Laval Lucas-Perry(Flint, Mich./Powers Catholic) drained his second trifecta of the game, giving U-M a 25-9 lead just beyond the midway point of the half.
A triple from fifth-year senior guard David Merritt(West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) and a baseline driving dunk from Harris stopped an 8-0 run by the Hawkeyes and forced Iowa's third timeout of the opening 20 minutes as Michigan held a 30-17 advantage with five minutes remaining in the half. The U-M run reached 15-0, giving the Maize and Blue its largest lead of the first, 23, before Iowa scored the final two points of the opening stanza and Michigan took a 40-19 lead into the intermission.
Sims led all scorers with 18 points in the first half, going a perfect 8-of-8 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line. Harris added eight points, five rebounds and five assists in the opening 20. Iowa was led with six points from Devan Bawkinkle.
Iowa started the second half with a 7-2 run before U-M responded with the next 10 points, highlighted by a Sims alley-oop from Harris and capped by a Sims triple, giving U-M a 52-26 lead.
Back-to-back triples from Harris pushed the Michigan advantage beyond 30 points, 67-36, with 4:40 to play as the Hawkeyes never threatened for the remainder of the game and U-M earned its largest margin of victory in a Big Ten Tournament game.
The Wolverines advance to play second-seeded Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on Friday (March 13) at 6:30 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423