Dec. 22, 2009
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 76, Coppin State 46
Records: U-M (6-5), Coppin State (5-5)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Dec. 31 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), Noon (TV: ESPN2)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team dominated Coppin State, 76-46, on Tuesday (Dec. 22) for the program's 500th all-time win at Crisler Arena. Sophomore guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) led four Michigan double-digit scorers, tying career highs in points (20) and three-pointers (6). Senior forward DeShawn Sims (Detroit, Mich./Pershing) added 18, while sophomore guardZack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) chipped in 11.
The Wolverines came out of the gates with a hot hand, scoring 41 points, their highest first-half output since the season opener on Nov. 14 against Northern Michigan. After falling behind very early 5-2, Michigan rattled off a 20-2 run over the next six minutes, fueled entirely by Sims, Douglass, and sophomore guard Laval Lucas-Perry (Flint, Mich./Powers Catholic), who combined for the 20 points.
For a stretch of more than 15 minutes in the first half, Michigan outscored Coppin State by 26 (37-11) and led by 23 at the break. Marred in the middle of a season-long shooting slump, Douglass led all first-half scorers with 14 points, including four three-point buckets, while Lucas-Perry and Sims chipped in 10 points each. Together, the trio combined for 34 of the team's 41 first-half points.
The Wolverines stretched their lead to as many as 32 in the final minutes. Junior guard Manny Harris (Detroit, Mich./Mumford) scored five points in the contest, well below his 21.6 average on the season, but managed to dish out a game-high seven assists. It was the first game since last season's Big Ten Tournament semifinal against Illinois that Harris failed to notch double-digit points.
Michigan started out cold from three-point range but saw some more shots fall as the game went along. U-M was much more successful from inside the arc, going 21-for-28 (75 percent), compared to 11-for-33 (33 percent) beyond the line. The Wolverines also had one of their best team passing performances of the season, with an assist-turnover ratio of just over three (25-8).
The Michigan defense was in top form as well, holding Coppin State to just 33 percent shooting and forcing 19 turnovers. The Wolverines scored 22 points off those turnovers and 17 on the fast break.
Lenny Young led all scorers with 22 points for Coppin State.
Michigan will have nine days off to prepare for its Big Ten opener, coming on Dec. 31 at Indiana. Tipoff is scheduled for noon and will be televised to a national audience on ESPN2.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423