Sims & Harris Push Michigan Past OSU

The University of Michigan basketball team improved to 7-6 on the season and 1-1 in Big 10 play with a 73-64 win over Ohio State on Sunday afternoon at Crisler Arena. DeShawn Sims and Manny Harris led U-M combining for 52 points, 16 rebounds.

ANN ARBOR - DeShawn Sims and Manny Harris combined to net 52 points and grab 16 rebounds as the Michigan Wolverines downed the No. 15 Ohio State on 73-64 on Sunday night at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor.

Michigan built a 34-32 lead at the half, the final points of the half coming on a Manny Harris and one in the final minute, and built that lead to double digits during the stretch run of the second half to improve its record to 7-6 on the season.

Straight from the start the Wolverines looked to the dynamic duo from Detroit to pace their attack. The pair connected on their first four jumpers of the game to spot U-M a 9-2 lead in the opening minutes. Stu Douglass then added a three-ball before the first officials timeout to help Michigan maintain a 12-9 lead.

Out of the timeout the Buckeyes surged behind a pair of Jon Diebler three-pointers to tie the score 17-17. Another Diebler triple made cut another Michigan lead to just a pair at 22-20 minutes later.

Over the remainder of the half the teams exchanged buckets with OSU eventually grabbing its first lead of the contest, a 32-31 lead, with 1:17 left in the first half.

Harris then connected on a jumper, plus added a free throw on the Kyle Madsen foul, to give Michigan a two point lead at halftime.

Five minutes into the second half the Buckeyes surged back into the lead with a 37-36 lead on the scoreboard. Diebler opened the half with yet another triple, and Dallas Lauderdale followed it up with a jumper to put Ohio State on top.

Sims and Harris, though, then scored 10 straight Michigan points to help Michigan jump back in front 46-41. Sims drained a pair of jumpers, and Harris hit two straight from behind the three-point arc.

Matt Vogrich and Darius Morris each hit jumpers to help Michigan extend their new lead to eight points with 10:29 to play. Ohio State's William Buford, though, rattled off eight straight to tie the score 52-52.

Over the next five minutes the Harris and Sims outscored Ohio State 15-5 to put the Wolverines on top for good. After the two players keyed the Wolverines go ahead run, the Wolverines put the game away at the free throw line.

Michigan returns to the floor on Thursday night with a road trip to Happy Valley, Penn., and a date with the Penn State Nittany Lions. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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