U-M Prepares for Badgers with 20 Point Win

No. 24-ranked Michigan improved to 10-2 on the season with a 20-point 77-57 win over North Carolina Central University on Monday night at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. Manny Harris, DeShawn Sims and Laval Lucas-Perry led all U-M scorers as the Wolverines matched its win total from the entire 2007 season.

ANN ARBOR -- Manny Harris exploded to the tune of 29 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists as the No. 24-ranked Michigan basketball team improved to 10-2 on the season Monday night with a 77-57 win over North Carolina Central University at Crisler Arena. DeShawn Sims added 17 points and 9 boards.

The win, the Wolverines 10th of the season, matches the Maize and Blue's win total from the entire 2007-08 season.

Heavily-favored Michigan quickly jumped on the visiting Eagles with Harris scoring the first five points of the game, a three-ball on Michigan's first possession, plus a pair of free throws. Sims then pushed that lead to 10-1 with a dunk and a triple of his own just two minutes in.

A mini 8-3 Eagles run trimmed the Michigan lead to 13-9 four minutes in. Laval Lucas-Perry ended the brief run with back-to-back Michigan three's, though, and DeShawn Sims added a pair of free throws to extend the Michigan lead to 21-9.

Again the Eagles battled back, though. After Lucas-Perry made it 24-9 with another three-ball the Eagles' Bryan Ayala answered with six straight points to keep the score at 30-15. Long ball's from Jamar Briscoe and Nick Chasten cut the lead to 11 with 4:07 in the half. By the time halftime came, the Wolverines led just 38-31.

At the start of the second half the Wolverines revived their grip on the game. Stu Douglass opened the half with five quick points as U-M pushed the lead back to double figures.

Manny Harris quickly seven to his point total as the Wolverines lead approached 20.

Again, though, the Eagles made a mini-run to combat the Wolverines attack. NCCU's Michael Glasker hit from downtown to make it just 61-47 Michigan. The Wolverines turned it over minutes later and Nick Chasten's easy lay up had it at a 12-point game.

It got no closer, though, as a pair of offensive rebounds led to put back buckets from Jevohn Shepherd as the Wolverines pulled away down the stretch. Michigan finished off its scoring from the free throw line.

No. 24 Michigan opens Big 10 play hosting the Wisconsin Badgers on Wednesday afternoon at Crisler Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00.

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