Dec. 10, 2009
Site: Salt Lake City, Utah (Huntsman Center)
Score: Utah 68, Michigan 52
Records: U-M (4-4), Utah (5-4)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Dec. 13 -- vs. University of Detroit (Crisler Arena), Noon (TV: Big Ten Network)
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Junior guard Manny Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford) scored a game-high 25 points and had a team-best six rebounds, but the University of Michigan men's basketball team fell on the road to Utah, 68-52, on Wednesday night (Dec. 9) at the Huntsman Center. Holding a 55-51 lead with 5:15 to play, the Utes closed the game on a 13-1 run.
The Wolverines shot just 34 percent (17-of-50) from the floor in the contest, and only 28.6 percent (8-of-28) in the second half. Utah was 28-of-55 (50.9 percent) from the field in the game and also held a 41-25 advantage in rebounding.
Trailing by four early in the contest, U-M used a 10-0 run to take a 12-6 lead with 14:17 to play in the first half. Freshman guard Darius Morris (Los Angeles, Calif./Windward) started the burst with a bucket for the Maize and Blue -- he later added a triple during the run -- Harris buried a trifecta and senior forward DeShawn Sims (Detroit, Mich./Pershing) capped the spurt with a basket to give U-M the six-point lead.
Utah responded by scoring 12 of the next 14 points in the contest to regain a four-point advantage, 18-14, 9:19 before the intermission. The Wolverines pulled within one on a pair of occasions, but the Utes maintained their lead, pulling it out to eight points, 33-25, with 1:28 to play in the first half, forcing a U-M timeout.
Following the timeout, a pair of free throws from Harris and a Utah bucket led to a 35-27 U-M deficit at the break. Harris led the Wolverines with 11 points in the opening 20 minutes. Marshall Henderson paced Utah with 16 points in the opening half. The Utes held a 22-9 rebounding advantage in the first stanza.
Utah pushed its lead to 10 coming out of the half, but a 12-3 run by the Wolverines pulled U-M within a point, 42-41, with 12 minutes to play in the second half. Sophomore guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) ignited the Maize and Blue with a triple and Harris scored the last seven of the burst to pull Michigan back into the contest.
The Utes answered with the next six points to stretch their lead back out to seven, 48-41, just beyond the midway point of the second half.
U-M pulled back within four, but Utah scored nine straight points with less than five minutes to play to seal the victory.
Henderson finished with 22 points to lead the Utes.
The Wolverines will return home on Sunday (Dec. 13) when they host the University of Detroit at Crisler Arena. Game time against the Titans is scheduled for noon and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423