Michigan Beats Northwestern 68-59

The Wolverines snapped a three-game losing streak with a 68-59 win over the visiting Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday night at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. DeShawn Sims led Michigan 15 points and Kelvin Grady contributed 11 on 3-of-7 shooting from long range. Manny Harris finished with eight points.

ANN ARBOR -- The Michigan basketball team both got back to .500 in Big 10 action and snapped a three game losing skid as the Wolverines downed the visiting Northwestern Wildcats 68-59 on Saturday night at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor.

DeShawn Sims led the Michigan attack with 15 points and seven rebounds. Manny Harris finished with just eight points, but also finished with a game high 12 boards. Kelvin Grady finished 3-of-7 from downtown to contribute 11 points.

Aside from trailing 5-4 and 8-6 just minutes into the contest, the Wolverines never trailed. DeShawn Sims three-point play 2:39 into the contest put Michigan up 9-8. The Maize and Blue never looked back.

After a Manny Harris bucket, and one from the Wildcats to match, Michigan pushed the lead to 17-11 with back-to-back triples from Grady.

With 6:48 to play in the half Michigan pushed the lead to 10 points. Four points from Zack Gibson, a three-ball from David Merritt and a DeShawn Sims dunk gave Michigan its biggest lead of the first half.

The Wildcats trimmed that lead to six points a pair of times in the final minutes, but an Anthony Wright three-pointer with 48 seconds left provided the Wolverines the 33-24 halftime lead.

Laval Lucas-Perry and Kelvin Grady each struck from deep again to start the second half as the Wolverines re-established a 10 point lead with 17:27 to play.

Kevin Coble and Craig Moore of Northwestern answered with a 6-2 run, though, to pull the visitors back within four points at 41-37.

It was a short lived run, howver, and a pair of Stu Douglass three-pointers pushed the lead back to 47-39 with 12:12 left in the contest. With 9:29 to play the lead grew to 54-41 on a Zack Novak triple.

Michigan's final 12 points of the contest came from the free throw line. The Wolverines are now 14-6 on the season and 4-4 in Big 10 play.

The Wolverines are back on the road Wednesday night as they try and even out the series with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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