Michigan Hoops Back On Track

The No. 24 Michigan basketball team improved to 1-1 in Big 10 play Sunday afternoon with a 74-64 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. Michigan was led by Manny Harris' 16 points but also saw four others score in double figures. Michigan's next contest is its first Big 10 road test at Indiana.

ANN ARBOR -- Five different Wolverines scored at least 10 points as the No. 24 Michigan basketball team used a balanced offensive attack to upend the visiting Illinois Fighting Illini 74-64 on Sunday afternoon at Crisler Arena.

Manny Harris led the Wolverines offensive attack with 16 points and six rebounds. DeShawn Sims and Laval Lucas-Perry each scored 13 points. Zack Novak finished with 11 while Zack Gibson contributed 10 off the bench.

Illinois' Calvin Brock, Demetri McCamey, Mike Davis and former U-M commit Alex Legion scored in double figures as well, but a 12-2 Michigan run over the final six minutes ended Illinois bid for a second straight road upset.

Blistering U-M shooting over the first five minutes saw Michigan build a quick 16-9 lead early in the first half. A pair of triples from DeShawn Sims, plus one each from Lucas-Perry and Novak, built the early Michigan lead.

The shooting went cold, though, and an 11-0 Illinois run made it 20-16 Illini.

The teams exchanged buckets over the final 10 minutes of the half with Illinois holding a one point 39-38 lead at the intermission. Illinois shot 58% from the floor in the first half, but eight made U-M triples kept the Wolverines in the contest.

Illinois' McCamey and Mike Davis gave Illinois a 46-40 lead with 17:36 to play in the contest. The Maize and Blue answered with an 8-0 run to climb back on top, however. Lucas-Perry hit a pair of triples sandwiched around a Manny Harris dunk to make it 48-46 Michigan.

Michigan extended the lead to 52-48 with 13:21 to play when an unlikely source took over the game for the Wolverines. Zack Gibson, who scored eight of his 10 points in the critical second half stretch, flushed home a feed from Manny Harris to make it 54-48.

After Illinois rallied to take a 57-56 lead it was Gibson who hit 1-of-2 from the free throw line to tie the score with 8:23 to play. A minute later a Gibson triple made it 62-60 Michigan. On the defensive end up blocked an easy Illinois bunny to keep Michigan on top.

He finished his scoring with 4:07 to play. With the ball on the left wing, Gibson blew past Illinois defender Mike Tisdale for a two-handed dunk to put Michigan up 66-62.

Legion brought Illinois back within 66-64 with 3:39 to play, but Michigan scored the final six points of the game. DeShawn Sims finished an inside layup, plus added a pair of free throws, and Kelvin Grady hit two from the line to end the scoring at 74-64.

The Wolverines next return to the court Wednesday at Indiana for their first Big 10 road contest of the season. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on the Big 10 Network.

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