Michigan Wins 76-59, Improves to 9-2

Michigan improved its record to 9-2 on the season with a 76-59 win over the Florida Golf Coast Eagles on Monday night at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. DeShawn Sims led the Wolverines, who struggled through much of the second half, with 20 points and 20 rebounds. Stu Douglass, Laval Lucas-Perry and Kelvin Grady all scored 10+ points as well.

ANN ARBOR -- No. 24 Michigan built a large 21-point halftime lead before struggling through most of the second half and then ultimately emerging with a 17-point 76-59 win over the Florida Golf Coast Eagles on Monday night at Crisler Arena.

DeShawn Sims finished with 20 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Wolverines, who at one point in the second half saw their lead trimmed to just eight points.

After opening the game with a 7-4 lead on a pair of Sims jumpers and a triple by Stu Douglass, a 20-2 Michigan run that saw a pair of three's from Manny Harris, one from Kelvin Grady, plus buckets from Jevohn Shepherd, Sims and Laval Lucas-Perry put Michigan on top 27-6 with 5:08 to play in the first half.

Former Wolverines guard Reed Baker snapped the Eagles scoring drought with a triple of his own, and over the final five minutes the teams exchanged buckets as Michigan held a 39-18 lead at the break.

At the start of the second half the game turned in a different direction. Michigan, who hit from deep six times in the first half, went cold. Florida Golf Coast got hot.

A 7-2 run by the visitors to start the half brought the Michigan lead back under 20 points. The lead stood at 18 at the middle point of the half. Five minutes later it was an eight point game after an old fashioned three-point play from Baker.

Sims answered with a dunk on Michigan's next possession to push it back to 59-49, and then the Wolverines started to hit again. Three's from Lucas-Perry and Grady on the next two U-M possessions pushed the lead to 16 points.

Florida Golf Coast got back within 11 points with 2:17 to play, but no closer. Over the final minutes U-M extended the lead before running out the clock with a 76-59 win.

Michigan finished with four scorers in double figures. Aside from Sims' 20 the Wolverines got 14 from Grady, 12 from Stu Douglass and 10 from Lucas-Perry.

Michigan shot just 12-of-42 from three-point land.

The No. 24-ranked Wolverines final tune up before the Big 10 opener against Wisconsin is scheduled for next Monday at 7:00. The Wolverines will be hosting the North Carolina Central Eagles.

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