Northwestern Stuns Michigan, 68-62

The hoped for strong Big Ten start for the men's basketball team against the lower part of the league has faltered, as U-M fell to Northwestern in Crisler Arena Sunday afternoon, 68-62.

The Wolverine started out like the game would be a gimmie.

Led by strong play by Deshawn Sims and two three-point baskets by Zack Novak and one each by Stu Douglass and Darius Morris, Michigan went on a 20-5 run in the first half to take a 31-14 lead at the 4:30 mark of the first half. Northwestern closed to 37-28 at the break.

Deshawn Sims led U-M at the half with 13 points.

The Wildcats scored the first three hoops of the second half to cut the lead to 37-34 at the 18:13 mark.

The teams traded baskets from there, before a Wildcat rain of three-pointers descended on the Wolverines. Northwestern hit one tre to tie the game at 47-47, and two more jetted Northwestern into the lead, 53-47 at the 10:15 mark.

Two more Wildcat threes, answered only by two manny Harris free throws gave Northwestern their biggest lead of the game, 59-49 at the 7:30 mark.

Then Michigan rallied.

Deshawn Sims hit a basket and Manny Harris hit two and a free throw to close to 59-56 at the 5:30 mark.

After a Northwestern hoop, tres by Stu Douglass and Darius Morris put U-M back into the lead, 62-61 at the 1:30 mark.

But that was the last scoring the Wolverine did as Northwestern hit seven free throws down the stretch to win it, 68-62.

Manny Harris led U-M with 24 points and Deshawn Sims added 17.

Michigan drops to 8-7 on the season and 2-2 in the Big Ten. Their next game is Thursday night at Crisler Arena versus Indiana.

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