Illlini Eliminate Michigan

The Michigan basketball team fell 60-50 to the Illinois Fighting Illini on Friday night in the quarterfinal round of the Big 10 Tournament in Indianapolis. Michigan got 15 points from DeShawn Sims and 10 points from Zack Novak in the 10-point loss. Michigan now waits until Selection Sunday at 6 p.m. to determine it's postseason fate.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Michigan basketball team dropped its Big 10 Tournament quarterfinal match up 60-50 to the No. 2-seeded Illinois Fighting Illinois on Friday night, thus joining the ranks of those who must wait until Selection Sunday to find out its NCAA Tournament fate.

Michigan's DeShawn Sims led the Wolverines with 15 points, but the Wolverine forward, and the rest of the club, struggled shooting as Illinois pulled away with a 25-7 run to open the second half.

Zack Novak, who finished with 10 for the Wolverines, scored five of the seven Michigan points during the pivotal stretch, including a triple to trim Illinois' lead to 37-31 with 14:48 to go, but Illinois scored the next 13 points to end the doubt on an Illinois win.

Illinios' Trent Meachum was the difference in the stretch with nine Illinois points.

Michigan battled back to within nine points with 4:25 left in the contest. Novak added another layup while Stu Douglass, Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims each scored from behind the arc.

DeShawn Sims scored again to make it 54-47, but Michigan would get just three more points, a Sims triple with 18 seconds left, over the final 3:33.

After the first half of action the Fighting Illini had opened up a slim one-point 25-24 lead. Each team traded leads through much of the first half with Illinois emerging on top on a pair of Alex Legion free throws with 2:13 left in the frame.

Michigan's 24 first half points came on a balanced effort that saw no one score more than four points. Harris, Sims and Zack Gibson all scored four in the half. Zack Novak, Stu Douglass, David Merritt and C.J. Lee all added three points with a successful triple a piece.

Illinois jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead just more than two minutes into the contest. Mike Davis, who finished tied with Demetri McCamey with 10 first half points to top the Illinois scoring in the first frame, opened the contest an early jumper. McCamey then added one of his own.

Sims and Harris pulled Michigan even 4-4 with their first points of the game. Then, after a McCamey triple, C.J. Lee again evened the score. When Stu Douglass then connected from distance with 11:58 to play following a second Sims jumper, Michigan took its first lead, 12-11.

Illinois climbed back on top 16-14 with 9:10 left in the half on a Trent Meachum free throw, but Novak and Merritt each hit from behind the arc to put Michigan back on top and Gibson added a pair of reverse layups to give Michigan a four-point lead on two separate occasions.

Alex Legion's two free throws, following a second McCamey triple, though, capped a 5-0 Illinois run to end the half with Illinois up a point.

With the loss the Wolverines finish the regular season at 20-13 on the season. Whether or not Michigan makes the NCAA Tournament will be unveiled Sunday night at 6:00 p.m.

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