Monster Game From Sims Powers U-M Past FGCU

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: #24 Michigan 76, Florida Gulf Coast 59
Records: U-M (9-2), FGCU (4-8)
Next U-M Event: Monday, Dec. 29 -- vs. North Carolina Central (Crisler Arena), 7 p.m.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior forward DeShawn Sims(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Pershing HS) scored 20 points and grabbed 20 rebounds, becoming first Wolverine in 31 years to post a 20-20 performance, as the No. 24 University of Michigan men's basketball team defeated Florida Gulf Coast, 76-59, Monday night (Dec. 22) at Crisler Arena. The last 20-20 effort by a U-M player came from Phil Hubbard, who scored 22 points and grabbed 26 rebounds against Detroit on March 17, 1977.

Sophomore guard Kelvin Grady(Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids HS) added a season-high 14 points for Michigan, while freshman guard Stu Douglass(Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS) chipped in 12 and sophomore/freshman Laval Lucas-Perry(Flint, Mich./Powers Catholic HS) had 10 in his first home game. Florida Gulf Coast was led by 19 points from Delvin Franklin.

The Wolverines jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead as Douglass opened the contest just as he did in Saturday's game against Oakland, hitting a three-pointer, and Sims followed with a layup.

Following the first media timeout of the contest, U-M went on a 7-2 spurt to take a 14-6 advantage. Sophomore guard Manny Harris(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Redford HS) hit a trifecta, senior Jevohn Shepherd(Toronto, Ontario/West Hill Collegiate) followed with a layup and, after a FGCU basket, Lucas-Perry scored his first points in Crisler Arena on a reverse layup.

The Lucas-Perry bucket sparked a 15-0 run as the Wolverine defense stifled the Eagles, holding them without a field goal for 9:45, and Michigan took a 39-18 lead into the break. Sims led all scorers with nine first-half points and had 13 rebounds at the intermission.

Florida Gulf Coast scored the first five points coming out of the intermission before U-M went on a 10-2 run to push the lead to 49-25. The U-M run was answered by an 11-2 burst from FGCU to cut the advantage back to 53-38 with 8:24 left in the second half.

The Eagles continued to mount a comeback, trimming the Michigan lead to just eight, 57-49, with 5:11 to play, but Michigan outscored FGCU 19-10 over the final five minutes, sparked by triples from Lucas-Perry and Grady.

Following a week off, the Wolverines will return to action next Monday (Dec. 29) when they host North Carolina Central at Crisler Arena. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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