ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team got back to its winning ways with an 83-49 victory over the Wofford College Terriers on Saturday (Dec. 2) in Crisler Arena. The Wolverines (8-1) featured a balanced offensive attack in the first half, netting nine shots inside the paint and seven baskets from beyond the arc. Michigan used 19 second-half bench points -- as 10 of the 12 Wolverines that checked into the ballgame scored -- to take a commanding 37-point lead late in the second half.
Harris' first double-double included 14 points and a career-high 10 assists.
Senior Dion Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford HS) recorded his first career double-double with 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting, including 2-for-4 from three-point land, while dishing out a career-high 10 assists. He also had a pair of steals and a block in 28 minutes of action.
Senior Courtney Sims (Boston, Mass./Noble & Greenough School) paced the Maize and Blue effort with 19 points on 9-for-12 shooting and seven rebounds. He added three blocks and an assist. Freshman DeShawn Sims (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Pershing HS) tied a career best with nine points on 4-for-5 shooting. In addition, he tallied two rebounds, a block, an assist and a steal.
Senior Brent Petway (McDonough, Ga./Griffin HS) netted eight points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting from the field while cleaning the glass with eight boards. He also dished out a pair of assists. Junior Ron Coleman (Romulus, Mich./Romulus HS) and sophomore Jerret Smith (Romulus, Mich./Romulus HS) both recorded eight points.
The Wolverines controlled the game from start to finish after taking an 11-3 lead on a Coleman three-pointer at 16:14. The Coleman triple complemented a pair of low-post buckets by Courtney Sims, including an aggressive slam off of the feed from Harris.
An 11-5 run highlighted by a trio of Wolverine three-pointers gave Michigan a 22-10 advantage at 11:39. Smith netted a pair of triples during the run as Harris added the other. Even as the Wolverines excelled from beyond the three-point stripe, the Maize and Blue run was sparked by an emphatic Petway dunk.
Michigan turned to the low post midway through the half with baskets by freshman Ekpe Udoh (Edmond, Okla./ Santa Fe HS), Petway and Courtney Sims. Udoh's bucket can be attributed to the freshman's consistent hustle, as he missed his first shot attempt, scrapped for the rebound, and connected on a putback in the paint.
Petway showed great touch and athletic ability on a floater from deep in the paint to give the Wolverines their biggest lead in the first half to that point, 33-18, with just over five minutes to play. Petway finished the half with six points, coming on a perfect 3-for-3 shooting, while pulling down five rebounds.
U-M closed the first half with a 10-0 burst, punctuated by a dunk by senior Lester Abram (Pontiac, Mich./Northern HS) as the final seconds ticked off the clock, to give the Wolverines a 43-18 halftime lead. Abram added another dunk to go along with a long-range three-pointer off of a Harris assist during the final two-minute stretch. Harris entered halftime with a game-leading six assists to go along with eight points on 3-for-5 shooting, including 2-for-4 from three-point land.
As of halftime neither team had attempted a free throw. As a team, Michigan produced 18 points in the paint while tallying 21 points off 7-for-11 shooting beyond the arc. The Terriers were held to 25 percent shooting (7-28) from the field in the first stanza.
The Maize and Blue advantage ballooned to 63-33 at the 11-minute mark of the second half on a Courtney Sims bucket. The basket resulted in two of Michigan's 19 points off turnovers in the ballgame. Sims accounted for 11 of the Wolverines' first 20 points of the half.
One Sims gave way to another, as DeShawn Sims connected on all of his nine points in a three-minute span midway through the final stanza, creating an insurmountable 76-41 U-M lead with 5:56 remaining. The Wolverine bench outscored the Terrier bench 27-11 in the game. Michigan also finished with a 30-10 advantage in points in the paint.
The Wolverines will head back out on the road with a trip to Oxford, Ohio, Thursday (Dec. 7) to face Miami (Ohio) at Millett Hall. The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. start and will be televised on ESPNU.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423