Score: Michigan 66, Savannah State 64
Record: Michigan (5-1), Savannah State (4-2)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Dec. 3 -- at Maryland - ACC/Big Ten Challenge (College Park, Md.), 7:30 p.m.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior forward DeShawn Sims(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Pershing HS) hit a two-point shot at the buzzer to help the University of Michigan men's basketball team overcome a 20-point first-half deficit and claim a 66-64 overtime victory over Savannah State on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 29) at Crisler Arena. Sims' gamewinner beat the clock from just inside the three-point line to seal the come-from-behind win.
Sims tied career highs with 23 points and 12 rebounds, earning his third career double-double and his second of the season. Sophomore guard Manny Harris(Detroit, Mich./Redford HS) finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and three assists, marking the first time the Wolverines boasted two 20-point scorers since the duo accomplished the feat last year against Ohio State on Feb. 17.
Standing even, 56-56, at the end of regulation, the two squads exchanged points for the entirety of an overtime period that featured four lead changes and three ties, and the contest remained at a stalemate, 64-64, following a Tiger layin with only five seconds on the clock.
Owning the final possession, Harris rushed to midcourt and dished a half-court pass to Sims, who stood just inside the three-point line at the wing. The 6-8, 235-pound forward pulled up and released the eventual gamewinner with eight-tenths of a second on the clock.
Trailing 39-19 after the halftime break, Michigan supplied an aggressive defensive front and dominated on the glass during the final 25 minutes of play, outrebounding Savannah State, 21-8.
U-M did not allow the opposition to score during the first seven minutes of the second half, furnishing a 15-0 run to bring the home squad back within five points, 39-34. Harris, Sims and freshman guard Zack Novak(Chesterton, Ind./ Chesterton HS) each contributed five points during the stretch. Novak closed the day with nine points -- including a key triple in overtime -- four rebounds and a career-best three steals.
Erasing the Tigers' 20-point lead, Harris brought the teams to a deadlock, 51-51, following two free throws to close out an 11-3 U-M stretch with 2:54 left in the contest. Harris was perfect on 14 attempts from the charity stripe on the day and recorded 15 points in the second stanza.
Sims granted the Wolverines the advantage, 52-51, the team's first lead since 18:15 in the first half, following a free throw with 2:23 remaining in regulation after drawing a foul on a highly-contested rebound on the defensive end.
As the scoreboard displayed a 56-56 tie and 35 seconds left in the second half, the Tigers owned the last offensive possession and drained the game clock to 10 seconds before calling a full timeout. With fouls to give, Michigan strategically fouled three times to give Savannah State only three seconds for a final charge. SSU successfully inbounded the ball, but Novak intercepted a Tiger pass near midcourt and pushed the floor, but his last-second dunk rattled off the rim to send the competition to overtime.
Savannah State opened the contest with a hot hand, knocking down its first nine attempts from the field en route to a 21-7 advantage. The Wolverines finished three-of-four field goals to open the game, but nine U-M turnovers allowed the Tigers to sustain a five-minute 17-0 run to obtain the early lead.
The Tigers stretched the lead to 39-19 -- the Wolverines' largest deficit all season -- with continued success from the field, shooting 15-of-21 (71.4 percent) and a perfect five-of-five from behind the three-point line. Michigan converted 31.6 percent of its first-half attempts, and Sims paced the Wolverines with eight points, four rebounds and one steal.
The Wolverines return to action on Wednesday (Dec. 3) when they travel to Maryland to square off with the Terrapins in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and the contest will be shown live on ESPNU.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423