Michigan Moves On

The Michigan basketball team needed to avoid a second consecutive loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes in order to keep its NCAA Tournament hopes high as Selection Sunday approaches. DeShawn Sims made it happen with Michigan's first 14 points as U-M raced out to a 40-19 halftime lead and held on for a 73-45 win.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Entering the Big 10 Tournament, Coach Beilein and his Michigan Wolverines were square on the NCAA Tournament bubble. DeShawn Sims may have helped Michigan climb back off of it.

Sims, who finished with 27 points, scored Michigan's first 14 points of the game, on 7-of-7 shooting from the floor, as Michigan jumped out to a commanding 40-19 lead over Iowa in the second game of the 2009 Big 10 basketball tournament. The final margin was a 73-45 score.

Michigan shot 68.2% from the floor in the first half, including 5-of-10 from behind the three-point arc. Iowa's offense, led by a pair of first half three-balls from Devan Bawinkel was unable to keep pace.

Sims dominance over the first eight minutes of action put the Wolverines up 14-7 at Michigan's first called timeout. Bawinkel, Cyrus Tate and Matt Gatens each scored for the Hawkeyes, but they had no answer defensively for DeShawn Sims.

When another Wolverines, Laval Lucas-Perry, did score for the first time, it was part of a 16-2 Michigan run over a three minute stretch to put Michigan up 25-9.

Lucas-Perry hit a pair of triples to spark the surge, and a Manny Harris three-point play following another Sims jumper sunk Iowa.

Iowa answered with an 8-0 run, a triple each from Bawinkel and Jake Kelly, plus a Jarryd Cole layup, but Michigan then surged to a 23-point 40-17 lead with one minute left in the opening half. David Merritt, Stu Douglass and Manny Harris all scored from distance, and Sims and Merritt each hit a pair at the charity stripe.

Iowa ended the half with a pair off free throws to establish the 21-point halftime lead.

In the second half, Sims picked up where he left off offensively with three of Michigan's first five buckets from the floor.

After Iowa opened the stanza with a 7-2 run to cut Michigan's lead to 16 points, Sims connected on a jumper and a dunk sandwiched around a Stu Douglass three-ball to make it 49-26. Then he added a three-ball of his own to give Michigan its biggest lead up to that point, a 26-point margin.

Zack Gibson and Manny Harris added a bucket each, trading baskets with the Hawkeyes who got scoring from Kelly and Cole.

Over the next 10 minutes the Wolverines enlarged their lead to 31 points on a pair of occasions. Sims added another jumper and Zack Novak and Manny Harris each connected from behind the arc, Harris hitting on two straight triples.

The teams exchanged buckets over the final three minutes leading to the 73-45 final score. With the win the Wolverines improve to 20-12 on the season. The Wolverines quarterfinal game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday night.

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