Harris, Sims Guide Wolverines Past Coppin St.

On Wednesday, the University of Michigan basketball team improved to 9-1 on the season with an 81-53 victory over the Coppin State Eagles. In the win, Dion Harris exploded for 21 points on five for seven shooting from behind the three point arc. Courtney Sims added 19 along with Daniel Horton and Lester Abram who both also recorded dougle digit point totals.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Behind a balanced attack that saw four Wolverines hit double digit points, Michigan emerged in the second half to over power the undermanned Eagles of Coppin State. Dion Harris tallied 21, Courtney Sims netted 19, Daniel Horton dropped 11 and Lester Abram chipped in with 10 points for the Wolverines on the way to a 28 point victory.

"It was really nice to see Dion make some shots. I think he's a player right now that needs to see the ball go in the basket for his psyche and confidence," said Michigan head coach Tommy Amaker following the victory. "As we saw this evening, he hit one or two and all of a sudden the basket looks like the ocean. He really helped us blow the game open with his outside shooting. It was just a tremendous effort on his part."

At the opening of the contest, it was Daniel Horton, the Wolverines senior point guard, that jump started the scoring in tonight's contest. After exchanging misses following the opening tip, Horton hit from along the baseline and behind the arc to put the Wolverines on top 5-0.

However, at that point, the momentum swung back to the home team following a technical foul call on the Eagles point guard. Horton's two free throws cut Coppin State's lead in half and Michigan would storm back to enter halftime with the 36-31 lead.

Michigan continued to build upon its lead through the beginning of the first half. An 8-0 run extended the Wolverines lead to 13 points early in the second stanza. And then Michigan got really hot.

Dion Harris scored nine of his game high 21 points on three consecutive triples and the Wolverines extended the lead to twenty points by midway through the half. At that point, the Eagles and Wolverines would trade baskets as the Wolverines coasted to a 28 point victory.

"Coach has been on me this week in practice about just going out and playing and not worrying about my shots falling," said Harris after the game. "I just need to go out and play my game. Today my teammates were looking for me and I knocked down shots."

Michigan completes its non-conference schedule on December 31 in a 2:00 bout with Chicago State.

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