Illinois Pulls Away In The Second Half

Redshirt freshman Anthony Wright scored a career high 15 points off the bench for the Wolverines on Wednesday night at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill., but it wasn't enough to overcome a second half run by the Fighting Illini who downed Michigan by the score of 75-57. Michigan now sits at 1-4 in conference play and 5-12 on the season.

Champaign, Ill. -- The Michigan basketball team fell to 1-4 in conference play and 5-12 on the season with a 75-57 loss to the Illinois Fighting Illini on Wednesday night at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill.

Michigan was led by redshirt freshman Anthony Wright who finished 5-of-8 from behind the three-point line for a career high 15 points coming off the bench.

Illinois took control at the opening tip. The Michigan offense struggled mightily for the first 10 minutes of the contest, a field goal from Manny Harris trimming the lead to 3-2 as the Wolverines only field goal until a Jevohn Shepherd layup over five minutes later.

By the time Shepherd's layup slipped through the hoop, the Illini had already built an 11-point lead at 14-3.

Michigan battled back with a run of their own, however.

Anthony Wright and David Merritt each connected on consecutive triples to tie the score 17-17 with 8:50 left in the first half. A DeShawn Sims jumper just under 30 seconds later gave Michigan its first lead of the game at 19-17.

The teams would exchange buckets over the final seven minutes of the half, and when the teams went back to the locker rooms, the Illini had rebuilt a four point lead at 36-32.

In the second half the Michigan offense was led by DeShawn Sims. With seven of the Wolverines 25 second half points, Sims helped the Maize and Blue draw even with the home Illini for the second time at 43-43.

Illinois had the answer, however, as a 13-0 run that included three three-point plays put the game out of reach at 56-43 with 7:57 to play.

Michigan would get back within 10 with three minutes left, but that was as close as the Wolverines could get.

The Wolverines next game is scheduled for Saturday night at 7:05 against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Big 10 Network will provide coverage of the scheduled "Maize Out".

High profile recruit Terrelle Pryor will be on hand for the Wolverines match up on Saturday night.

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