Michigan wins on the road 62-56

The Michigan basketball team went on the road Thursday night for their second road contest of the season. After dropping their opener on the road to N.C. State, the Wolverines went into Oxford, Ohio, and knocked off the Miami University RedHawks behind a 20 point outing from guard Dion Harris and a second half spark from Ekpe Udoh

On the road for the second time of the season, Tommy Amaker and his Michigan hoops team was a bit more successful the second time around. Inside Millett Hall on the campus of Miami University, the Wolverines improved to 8-1 on the season with a 62-56 win over the RedHawks. Michigan never trailed in the game.

It didn't take long for Dion Harris to put Michigan on top. In the opening 30 seconds of the contest, Harris hit a jumper that put the Wolverines on top 2-0. It was a lead that would last the remainder of the contest.

On the RedHawks ensuing possession, Michigan center Courtney Sims created the first turnover of the contest and quickly laid it into the Miami net. It was the story of the night for Miami.

Michigan continued to apply defensive pressure, and the RedHawks turned the ball over on their next two possessions. Lester Abram added another Michigan bucket and made it 6-0 before the RedHawks even got on the board. After Miami added their first two points of the night, Abram hit twice from the line and Michigan was up 8-2. It took Miami until near the 13 minute mark before they'd score again on a triple from long range, and at that point the Wolverines had pushed the lead to 13 behind two points from Brent Petway and Jerret Smith and Harris' first triple of the night.

The Wolverines continued to pour it on as Ron Coleman connected from downtown for his first points of the night, and the hot hands of Courtney Sims and Dion Harris continued as the lead ballooned up to 17 points at the middle point of the first half.

It took until the final minute of the half before the RedHawks crawled back within 10 points with a two-point bucket with 56 seconds left to trim Michigan's lead to 35-25 going into the break.

In the opening minutes of the second half, the RedHawks looked to have solved the Michigan defense. After holding Michigan scoreless over the first five minutes of the second half, the RedHawks climbed within two points on a lay-up from Tim Pollitz.

Ekpe Udoh came in off the bench and sparked the struggling Michigan offense. Amaker's freshman post player chipped in the next five points for the Maize and Blue to push the lead back to six points at 40-33.

Udoh then made a defensive contribution with a block, and Courtney Sims and Lester Abram teamed to push the Michigan lead back into double digits with 12:45 left on the clock.

Miami pushed back within six points in the final minutes of the contest. However, Dion Harris and Lester Abram salted the game away at the line for Michigan.

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