Michigan Loses at Minnesota, 87-80

Michigan played hard and never trailed by much, but in the end the Gophers just shot better.

In the first half both teams shot well, with Minnesota taking a slim 44-4 lead into the locker room.

But Michigan cooled considerably in the second half, especially Daniel Horton and Lavell Blanchard -- LaVell spent time on the bench with three fouls and just couldn't seemed to get warmed up again -- and could not quite catch the Gophers, who shot especially well from the free throw line, 88%.

Still the game was close throughout, and a 3-pointer by Michigan freshman walk-on guard Sherrod Harrell with 1:15 left made it a two-point game, 80-78. However, Minnesota made seven free throws in the last minute to clinch it.

Overall in the game, Minnesota shot 50% from the field, 45% at 3-pointers, as well as 88% from the free throw line. Michigan shot 38% from the field and from three-point-land, and 73% from the charity stripe. Daniel Horton led the Wolverines with 20 points.

Michigan falls to 6-2 in the Big Ten, tied for second place, and 13-8 overall. The Wolverine's next game is a week from today at Iowa.


(AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)



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