Upset Bid Falls Just Short

Michigan battled back against No. 11 Wisconsin to get within one late in the contest, but the visiting Wolverines were unable to capitalize on a chance to take the lead late in the game, and the heavily favored Badgers pulled away late in regulation. Manny Harris finished with a career high 26 points for the Wolverines.

MADISON, Wis. -- Manny Harris scored a career high 26 points, including 14 in the Wolverines second half surge, as the Wolverines provided a scare to the No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers before eventually dropping a 64-61 decision at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., on Tuesday night.

Harris finished with the game-high point total as well. The Detroit native was 11-of-19 from the floor before fouling out in the final minute of the contest.

Falling behind 5-0 to start the game, Harris ignited the Michigan offense after a four minute scoreless drought to open the game.

After his pair of layups and a free throw, however, the Badgers pulled ahead in an early first half surge that saw the home team climb to a 20-10 lead with just under seven minutes left in the first half.

Michigan battled back though, again coming from the usual suspects.

Harris ended the run with a jumper as 5:17 remained on the first half clock. DeShawn Sims, who finished with 10 points in the contest, added a triple to cut the lead in half.

The teams exchanged buckets until the half, and Harris' three-point jumper brought the Wolverines back within striking distance at 28-24 after 20 minutes.

The second half continued to be a battle back and forth throughout. Over the first four minutes, the Badgers lead expanded to as many as eight points before seven more of Harris points closed the gap to 38-37.

Again though, the Badgers answered. Holding Michigan to just three points in five minutes, the Wisconsin lead extended back to nine points with 8:27 to go.

Michigan coach John Beilein called a timeout to end the Badgers momentum, and, following the break, Harris and Sims each connected on shots to bring Michigan back with two points.

With 4:10 left, Ekpe Udoh tied the game for the Wolverines as Michigan appeared poised for the upset.

Wisconsin pulled away late following a missed Michigan three-ball, however, and when Marcus Landry stroked a three-pointer with 0:23 left on the clock, it provided the Badgers with the cushion needed to hold off the Michigan rally.

The Wolverines next contest is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich.

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