Wolverines Survive Slow Start; Win by 31.

Michigan improved to 7-2 on the season with a 91-60 win over cross-town rival Eastern Michigan on Saturday afternoon at Crisler Arena. Manny Harris led Michigan with 22 points, 7 rebounds and five assists in just 23 minutes after a pair of early first half fouls. EMU battled evenly with the Wolverines until the final four minutes of the first half.

ANN ARBOR -- Without Coach John Beilein on the sideline, it didn't start as the Wolverines would have liked. It ended, though, with a 31-point Michigan route.

With the Big 10's leading scorer, Manny Harris, in foul trouble much of the first half, and the heavily-favored Wolverines playing from behind for much of the same stanza, it was Kelvin Grady and Jevohn Shepherd who emerged to pace the Wolverines who finished the half with a 14-4 run to establish a 10-point halftime lead.

The second half became the Manny Harris show. With just two points in the first half, Harris exploded with 20 more in the final stanza and finished with a line of 22 points, 7 rebounds and five assists.

DeShawn Sims, off to a sluggish start in the first half, finished with 18 points. Jevohn Shepherd and Kelvin Grady finished with 13 and 11 points each.

Suffering from a possible Duke hangover, the Wolverines watched the visiting Eagles score the first six points of the game. Brenden Harrison opened the scoring, and Brandon Bowdry, who finished with an Eastern Michigan high, pushed it to 6-0 just three minutes in.

Michigan answered with a 7-0 run to make it 7-6, Michigan's only lead until less then three minutes remained in the half. Jevohn Shepherd had five of the seven points.

Eagles Justin Dobbins, Bowdry, Will Cooper, Wendale Farrow, Zane Gay and Kyle Dogg each scored in a balanced Eagle attack that saw Eastern emerge 19-13 halfway through the half.

Kelvin Grady hit back-to-back-to-back triples to bring the Wolverines back to 26-25 with 6:09 to play in the half. Shepherd beat his man off the dribble to match an EMU basket to make it 28-27, and for the first time since the opening minutes U-M got back to even on a C.J. Lee three-pointer with 4:14 to play.

Michigan finished the half with a 14-4 run to end the half on top 44-34. Sims connected on a pair of free throws, David Merritt connected on a pair of triples, and Shepherd flushed home a drunk and sunk a long two over the final minutes.

Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims took over at the start of the second half. Extending Michigan's lead to 65-15, the duo combined to score Michigan's first 21 points of the second half. Harris connected from downtown twice, then finished an old-fashioned three-point play. Sims also added his first three-ball following a pair of jumpers early in the half.

Harris connected on two more from long range after Stu Douglass pushed the lead to 68-50 with a triple of his own. A DeShawn Sims free throw, and a dunk three minutes later made it 79-56.

Over the final minutes the lead grew to 31 points.

The Wolverines have another week off before meeting the Oakland Golden Grizzlies at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Laval Lucas-Perry looks to make his Michigan debut as the Wolverines attempt to improve to 8-2 on the season next Saturday.

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