Dec. 5, 2009
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 67, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 53
Records: U-M (4-3), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-6)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Dec. 9 -- at Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah), 7 p.m. MST
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A dominant second half led the University of Michigan men's basketball team to a 67-53 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 5) at Crisler Arena. Junior guard Manny Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford) finished with 18 points -- 16 in the second half -- and forward DeShawn Sims (Detroit, Mich./Pershing) contributed a double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds) for the Wolverines as they stopped a three-game losing skid.
Michigan overcame a six-for-24 shooting night from beyond the arc (25 percent) by forcing 22 turnovers in the contest that led to 16 points. In the second half, the Wolverines outscored the Golden Lions 35-21 and never trailed.
Sophomore guard Laval Lucas-Perry (Flint, Mich./Powers Catholic) opened the game with back-to-back three-pointers as Michigan took a quick 6-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. Sims rebounded from a difficult four-point performance in the Wolverines' last game against Boston College (Dec. 2) to lead U-M with 15 points in the half, shooting 7-for-10. Harris, Michigan's leading scorer, was held scoreless until hitting a pair of free throws with 4.4 seconds left and the teams went into the locker room tied at 32-all.
Michigan came out of the break with an inspired 14-3 run in the first seven minutes of the half to take a 46-35 lead. The Wolverine defense did not allow a Golden Lions field goal for the first 6:06 of the second half as they blew the game open. The sequence began with a Sims block off the backboard that was collected by sophomore guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel), who delivered a behind-the-back pass to Harris for a fast break layup. Consecutive three-point plays by Harris and sophomore forward Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./ Chesterton) capped the run. Arkansas-Pine Bluff cut the lead to nine with 11:25 to play but was unable to get any closer as U-M cruised to the victory.
The Wolverines will travel west this Wednesday (Dec. 9) when they face Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, at 7 p.m. MST. The game will be broadcast on CBS College Sports.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423