March 12, 2010
With the loss, Michigan sits at 15-17. Ohio State improves to 25-7.
Ohio State took two of the three meetings against Michigan this season. Michigan won 73-64 in Ann Arbor (Jan. 3) and Ohio State won 66-55 in Columbus (Feb. 27).
Junior Manny Harris hit a fade-away off the right elbow to give Michigan a 68-66 advantage with 2.2 seconds left. Ohio State's Evan Turner hit a 37-foot three-pointer as time expired to give Ohio State the win.
Michigan is now 4-8 in games decided by seven points or less and 1-4 when decided by five points or less.
Junior Manny Harris led all scorers with 26 points (8-of-15 FG, 3-of-5 3-pt, 7-of-8 FT), moving into 10th on U-M all-time scoring list, passing Henry Wilmore (1971-73). Combined with his 22 points against Iowa yesterday, Harris has 1,668 career points. He also added a team-high four assists and six rebounds. Today was his 37th career 20-plus point game and was one point shy of his season high (27 vs. Detroit, Dec. 13).
Harris' 26 points are tied for the second-most points scored by a Michigan player in a Big Ten Tournament game (with LaVell Blanchard and Louis Bullock).
Senior DeShawn Sims had 16 points and six rebounds. In 132 career games, Sims has accumulated 1,584 points (16th all-time) and 728 rebounds (tie for 13th all-time with Courtney Sims (2004-07)).
Sophomore Stu Douglass also had 16 points, including 5-of-8 from the three-point line, his second-most makes for the season since Coppin State (Dec. 22).
Michigan held the advantage on the glass, 28-23. The Wolverines outrebounded an opponent for the ninth time in 32 games this season. Prior to Friday's game against Ohio State, Michigan had been outrebounded in the last 10 games (last vs. Iowa, 44-31, on Jan. 30).
Michigan's starters (Harris, Sims, Douglass, sophomore Zack Novak, freshman Darius Morris) accounted for 66 of the team's 68 points against Ohio State.
For the game, Michigan shot 49 percent (24-of-49) from the field and 38 percent (8-of-21) from three-point range. On the flip side, Ohio State shot 51 percent (27-of-52) from the field and 58 percent (7-of-12) from three-point range.
Michigan finished with a positive assist-turnover for the 28th time in 32 games this season. The Wolverines had 13 assists to 12 turnovers.
The Wolverines went 12-of-14 (85 percent) from the free throw line against Ohio State. With the 15-of-18 effort against Iowa yesterday, Michigan went 27-of-32 (84 percent) from the line for the tournament.
DeShawn Sims has now played in 129 straight games (132 for his career), moving him into fifth on U-M's all-time games played list. Zack Gibson has played in 99 consecutive games for the Wolverines. Stu Douglass also extended his consecutive games played streak to 67, while Laval Lucas-Perry has played in 58 straight.
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