Minnesota Beats Wolverines 77-65

Michigan dropped a 77-65 decision to the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Thursday night at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor to fall to 5-16 on the season. Freshman Manny Harris and senior Ron Coleman led the scorers for the Wolverines. Minnesota had four scorers in double digits in the win on Michigan's home court.

ANN ARBOR -- Manny Harris and Ron Coleman led the Wolverines in scoring with 19 and 14 points apiece, but the Wolverines dropped to 5-16 on the season with a 77-65 loss to the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Thursday night in Ann Arbor.

Minnesota got points from just six scorers, but four of the five Golden Gopher starters finished in double-digits, three of them scoring 15 points or more.

"We've had three straight games where they have come out and contained us in the back of the court. They came out and got after us right away and we did what we could. We came out on the floor and said 'I'm going to drive it.' I thought that set the tone more, their defense more than their offense. They just got after us and we just panicked a little bit that time," said Michigan coach John Beilein.

Minnesota never trailed in the game.

Michigan fell behind 11-2 in the opening minutes of the contest. DeShawn Sims put four of his eight points on the board to end the drought, but the Wolverines would get no closer than four the remainder of the contest.

Ron Coleman drained a triple with 9:20 left in the first half to get the Wolverines within four at 21-17.

Minnesota built the lead back to 12 points, but Harris scored the last four points of the half as the Wolverines got back within eight after 20 minutes.

The Gophers pulled away in the second half. Over the first three minutes, the Gophers extended the lead to 16 points with an 8-0 run. By the time there was just 12:32 left on the clock, the lead grew to 20 points at 52-32.

"Going in we knew they were going to be pretty big on the inside. They did a great job getting it down low and feeding their big guys. We just have to work harder in the weight room and get our guys to understand that this is the Big Ten. Almost every night there is going to be big guys in the paint. We just have to come around and see what it is going to take," said Michigan captain Ron Coleman.

The teams exchanged baskets until the final five minutes of the game when the Wolverines pulled within 10, but the Gophers iced the game at the free throw line.

Michigan next takes to the floor to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes next Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio. ESPN will televise the contest.

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