Last-Second Buckeye Shot Eliminates U-M From Big Ten Tourney

March 12, 2010

• U-M Coach John Beilein: Postgame Radio Show
• Big Ten Tournament: Presser (Beilein, D. Sims, M. Harris, Z. Novak)
• Michigan Lockerroom: Darius Morris | Stu Douglass
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Site: Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Event: Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals
Score: #5 Ohio State 69, Michigan 68
Records: U-M (15-17), Ohio State (25-7)
Attendance: 16,207
Next U-M Event: To Be Announced

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team saw its upset bid of Ohio State (No. 5 AP/No. 7 ESPN/USA Today) ruined on a half-court buzzer-beater as the Buckeyes survived for a 69-68 victory on Friday afternoon (March 12) in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse. Junior guard Manny Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford) led the Wolverines with 26 points, while senior forward DeShawn Sims (Detroit, Mich./Pershing) and sophomore guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) each chipped in 16 for the Maize and Blue.

Tied at 66 apiece, and following a U-M timeout, Harris drove right, pulled up from the elbow and buried a jumper with 2.2 seconds left to give the Wolverines a two-point lead, 68-66. However, Big Ten Player of the Year Evan Turner hit a three-pointer from just beyond half-court to help Ohio State escape with the victory.

The improbable mid-court heave spoiled Michigan's second-half comeback as the Wolverines trailed by 10 at the intermission and used 52-percent (13-of-25) second-half shooting to nearly pull off the upset of the tournament's top seed.

Sims sparked the U-M offense out of the gate, scoring the first six points for the Wolverines as the contest went to the first media timeout tied, 6-6.

A driving layup from sophomore guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) started a 6-0 burst for the Maize and Blue that pushed the Wolverines out to a 14-8 lead with just over 12 minutes to play in the first half. Fifth-year senior forward Zack Gibson (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) drove to the bucket for a jam and Harris also made a basket for U-M in the spurt.

A triple from Douglass pushed the Michigan lead to nine, but Ohio State responded with a 25-6 run over the final nine minutes of the half to take a 35-25 lead into the intermission.

Sims led all scorers with 12 points at the break. Turner had nine points and six assists in the opening 20 minutes for Ohio State. The Buckeyes shot 56 percent (14-for-25) from the field in the opening 20 minutes.

Michigan used an 8-0 run to pull within four, 39-35, five minutes into the second half. A basket from Sims and back-to-back trifectas from Doulgass ignited the U-M burst. But a 9-0 surge from Ohio State pushed the Buckeyes' lead to 13, 51-38, with 10:21 to play.

Harris scored the next five and Novak chipped in a layup as the Wolverines cut the Ohio State advantage back to six, 51-45.

The Wolverines pulled within a pair, 59-57, as Harris knocked down a triple from the top of the key with just over four minutes remaining.

After battling back the entire half, U-M finally pulled even, 64-64, on Douglass' fifth triple of the day, with 1:05 on the clock.

Harris gave U-M a brief lead before David Lighty responded with a basket for Ohio State to tie the game again, 66-66, setting up the dramatic final moments of the contest.

Turner led Ohio State with 18 points, while Lighty and William Buford each added 15 for the Buckeyes.

Michigan will now wait to see if it receives an invitation to the NIT.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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