Wolverines Battle to Final Buzzer, Edged by Terps in Challenge Game
Site: College Park, Md. (Comcast Center)
Event: Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Score: Maryland 75, Michigan 70
Record: Michigan (5-2), Maryland (5-2)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Dec. 6 -- vs. Duke (Crisler Arena), 3:30 p.m.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team fell Wednesday night (Dec. 3) at Maryland, 75-70, in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge contest at the Comcast Center. U-M had four players in double-digit scoring, led by sophomore guard Manny Harris(Detroit, Mich./Redford HS), who tallied a team-high 15 points. Junior forward DeShawn Sims(Detroit, Mich./Pershing HS) and freshman guard Zack Novak(Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton HS) added 12 apiece for U-M, and sophomore guard Kelvin Grady(Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids HS) netted 11.

The Wolverines, who entered the game 3-0 when leading at halftime this season, led at the break but could not overcome Vasquez's 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Terps.

After a Maryland basket at the 13:10 mark gave the Terrapins a 12-10 lead, the Wolverines responded with a 13-2 run to take a nine-point lead, the largest of the half. Junior forward Jevohn Shepherd(Toronto, Ontario/West Hill Collegiate) keyed the Maize and Blue run with a pair of baskets and a free throw. Grady and Novak both buried three-pointers during the run.

The Terrapins cut the lead to just two, 25-23, before a 10-6 burst in the final four minutes gave the Maize and Blue a 35-29 lead at the break. Sims led the way for Michigan with 10 points and four rebounds in the first half. Shepherd added seven points and four assists. Maryland was led at the break with eight points from Greivis Vasquez.

The Terps opened the second half on a 13-3 run to a take a 45-38 lead. Novak answered for Michigan with a trifecta and converted the four-point play after being fouled. With the score knotted at 51 apiece, Maryland went on an 8-4 surge to take a four-point lead into a media timeout with 6:55 remaining.

A Sims basket with 5:45 left cut the Maryland lead to just one, 60-59, before the Terps went on a 8-2 run to take a seven-point lead. The Wolverines cut the Maryland lead to as little as three with under a minute to play but were unable to overcome the deficit.

U-M will return to action on Saturday (Dec. 6) when it hosts No. 4/4 Duke at Crisler Arena. Game time between the Wolverines and Blue Devils is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. The contest is a sellout and will be shown live on ESPN.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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