Oklahoma Overwhelms U-M

The Michigan basketball team saw its shockingly successful season come to an end on Saturday night in Kansas City. Blake Griffin finished with 33 points and 17 rebounds for the Sooners in a 73-63 OU win to end the Wolverines season. Anthony Wright and DeShawn Sims led U-M with 14 points a piece.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Despite getting less then four minutes from Manny Harris in the first half, the No. 10-seed Wolverines battled to within a point of the No. 2 seed from Oklahoma in their second round match up at the Sprint Center on Saturday night.

In the end, though, the higher-seeded Sooners were too much for the Wolverines to overcome. Blake Griffin, a possible No. 1 draft pick in the upcoming NBA draft, went for 33 points and 17 rebounds in a 73-63 Oklahoma win over Michigan.

Michigan was led offensively by DeShawn Sims and Anthony Wright. Each scored 14 points while Manny Harris and C.J. Lee both added 11 points to combine for 50 of Michigan's 63 points.

Griffin scored four of Oklahoma's first eight points of the second half as the Sooners started the stanza with an 8-0 run to establish a 38-29 lead. C.J. Lee ended the run with Michigan's first field goal almost four minutes into the half, but Griffin added two more baskets to provide OU the 44-33 lead.

Manny Harris and Zack Gibson each scored five points over the next two and a half minutes as the Maize and Blue pulled back within eight points near the middle of the half. Oklahoma again answered, though, this time with a 7-2 run.

Michigan pulled within a single bucket with 6:02 left in the game. C.J. Lee hit a pair of triples, and DeShawn Sims and Anthony Wright both finished scored inside to make it 58-55. It got no closer though.

When OU's Austin Johnson hit from deep with 1:36 left on the clock, the Oklahoma lead was again 12. Michigan trimmed it to 10 in the final minute and a half.

In the opening 20 minutes the teams battled back-and-forth with neither team taking a significant advantage. Anthony Wright led Michigan in the first half with three makes from behind the arc. His last one putting Michigan up 26-25 with 5:00 left in the half.

Oklahoma ended the half with a 5-2 run, though, to establish their halftime lead.

With the loss the Wolverines conclude their season with a record of 21-14. The team also recorded its first NCAA Tournament win in over a decade with its first round win over Clemson.

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