Score: #23 Michigan 77, North Carolina Central 57
Records: U-M (10-2), NCCU (0-15)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Dec. 31 -- vs. Wisconsin (Crisler Arena), 2 p.m.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore Manny Harris(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Redford HS) scored 29 points, grabbed a career-best 16 rebounds and had seven assists as the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 23 AP/No. 24 USA Today) defeated North Carolina Central, 77-57, on Monday night (Dec. 29) at Crisler Arena. The victory was the 10th of the season for the Wolverines, tying their win total from a season ago.
Junior forward DeShawn Sims(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Pershing HS) added 17 points and nine rebounds, while sophomore/freshman guard Laval Lucas Perry(Flint, Mich./Powers Catholic HS) also reached double figures with 10 points.
Harris got the Maize and Blue out to a quick start, scoring the first five points of the contest on a triple and a pair of free throws. Sims scored the next five for U-M with an alley-oop from Harris and a trifecta of his own as Michigan took an early 10-1 advantage.
North Carolina Central cut the lead to 13-9 at 15:30 before Lucas-Perry hit a couple of treys to spark an 11-0 run to push U-M's lead to 24-9. The Eagles used a 7-2 burst to cut the Michigan lead to seven, 32-25, with four minutes remaining and the lead remained seven at the break, 38-31, as both teams scored six points in the final four minutes of the opening stanza.
Harris led all scorers with 13 points at the break and also had eight rebounds at the intermission. Sims and Lucas-Perry each added 10 points for the Maize and Blue.
Michigan stormed out of the halftime break on a 15-4 run, forcing a North Carolina Central timeout as the lead reached 53-35. Freshman guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS) scored the first five of the second stanza for the Wolverines.
A 16-4 run by the Eagles cut U-M's advantage to just eight, 59-51 with 9:11 remaining before the Maize and Blue finished the contest on an 18-6 run to earn the victory.
The Wolverines will return to the court on Wednesday (Dec. 31) when they open the 92nd season of Big Ten Conference play against Wisconsin at Crisler Arena. The contest against the Badgers is scheduled for 2 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
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