Harris, Sims drive Wolverines past Wofford

After dropping their first game of the season to NC State earlier this week, the Michigan basketball team traveled back to Ann Arbor for a non-conference tilt with the Wofford Terriers on Saturday afternoon. Dion Harris and Courtney Sims paced the Michigan offense as the Wolverines cruised to an 83-49 win to get back on the winning track.

After the Wolverines sound domination of the Wofford Terriers on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Mike Young, head coach of the Terriers, said it best.

"I thought the Wolverines, this early in the season, had one or two directions to go after the N.C. State loss."

Unfortunately for Young, they went in the right direction.

Dion Harris recorded the first double-double of his Michigan career and center Courtney Sims added 19 points and seven rebounds as Michigan coasted by the Terriers 83-49.

As was the case in the Big 10/ACC challenge, the Wolverines came out hot and jumped on top of the opposition. A quick 11-3 run built the Wolverines confidence, and within four minutes the Wolverines had a lead that the Terriers would never recover from.

Jerret Smith added a pair of triples minutes later, and Dion Harris added his first triple of the game as the Wolverines continued to pour it on Wofford and the lead increased to double digits before the middle part of the first half.

At that point the Wolverines went inside. Ekpe Udoh, Brent Petway and Courtney Sims continued to pour the pressure on the visiting team. Udoh recorded his first points of the contest on a great hustle effort, and Petway added a bucket from inside the paint to extend the Michigan lead to 15 points.

Lester Abram added seven points for the Wolverines in the final two minutes of the half, and at the midpoint the Wolverines held a decisive 43-18 lead.

In the second half, Sims took over the game. A Sims basket near the middle of the second half pushed the Wolverines lead out to 30 points, and the big man continued to pour it on as he added 11 points at the start of the frame for the Maize and Blue.

Freshman DeShawn Sims then made an appearance and threw nine more points in the paint up for the Wolverines as they coasted to the dominating 83-49 win.

Michigan's next scheduled contest is a road tilt with the Miami University RedHawks on December 7 at 8 p.m.

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