Badgers Sink Wolverines 60-55

The Michigan basketball team looked to continue to build on its NCAA Tournament resume with a critical road game in Madison, Wis., on Sunday afternoon. The Wolverines got 17 points from DeShawn Sims and 15 from Manny Harris, but the Wolverines dropped a critical 60-55 decision down the stretch.

MADISON, Wis. -- The Wolverines basketball team traveled to Madison, Wis., Sunday afternoon for a critical late season contest against the home Wisconsin Badgers. In a game Michigan needed to win to stay on the right side of the proverbial NCAA bubble, unfortunately, they couldn't get one.

Michigan emerged with a two-point 34-32 lead after the first 20 minutes, but scored just two points in the first 8:30 minutes of the second half as the Badgers surged past the Wolverines and finished off the Maize and Blue by the score of 60-55.

Jon Leuer scored six points during the Badgers run to start the second half, and Trevon Hughes added five of his own. Marcus Landry scored the other two.

Laval Lucas-Perry eventually ended the Badgers run by draining a triple from the right side on his first possession of the second half. Manny Harris drove the lane and finished at the basket on Michigan's next trip down to cut Wisconsin's lead to 45-41.

Wisconsin's Marcus Landry, though, stole back the momentum temporarily with an old fashioned three-point play. Landry hit from just inside the foul line, plus contact gave him the chance to re-establish a 48-41 lead.

Michigan kept fighting, however. Harris connected on a pair of free throws with 7:17 left in the game to bring Michigna back within five. After a Joe Krabbenhoft free throw for the Badgers, a Zack Novak three-point play cut Wisconsin's lead to 49-46.

The Wolverines got within a bucket at 52-50 and 54-52 with less then three minutes to go on a pair of DeShawn Sims post ups and a Manny Harris bucket, but with a chance to tie the game in the final two minutes the Badgers forced a Michigan shot clock violation.

Wisconsin struggled to sink the Wolverines down the stretch, hitting just one of two free throws on consecutive trips down the court, but a pair of missed DeShawn Sims three pointers and three points from C.J. Lee was all Michigan would get in the final two minutes of the loss.

Wisconsin jumped on the Wolverines right out of the gate. A pair of Trevon Hughes layups, plus a Jason Bohannon jumper and two Joe Krabbenhoft free throws put the Badgers up 8-0 just 2:28 into the game.

DeShawn Sims and Manny Harris each scored in the paint to get the Wolverines on the board, but the Badgers blazing hot shooting continued. Jon Leuer and Trevon Hughes scored from inside yet again as the Badgers opened a 12-4 lead.

Michigan rallied to pull within four near the middle of the half. Zack Novak connected from deep for the Wolverines first three-ball, and Harris hit a tough fade away foul line jumper. He added his first triple with 12:25 left in the half, and a Zack Gibson reverse layup cut the Badgers lead to 18-14.

A quick 6-1 Wisconsin spurt over the next three minutes gave Wisconsin its biggest lead of the half, a 24-15 advantage. Marcus Landry scored four of the six points.

Over the final 8:45, though, it was all Michigan.

Sims scored from down low to open up a 19-8 run over the late stretch. Stu Douglass and C.J. Lee then each hit their first field goal, both coming from behind the arc, to cut the Badgers lead to just three points. Another Sims jumper cut the lead to just a single point, and, on the Wolverines next possession, Lee put Michigan on top for the first time with his second triple.

Wisconsin tied it late in the half with two three-ball's, but Manny Harris hit a pair of free throws with just 0.8 seconds left in the half to give Michigan its two-point lead.

With the loss the Wolverines fall to 18-12 on the season and 8-9 in Big 10 action. The Wolverines final regular season contest is scheduled for Saturday afternoon on the road against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.

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