U-M Avenges Loss to IU 69-45

The Michigan basketball team improved to 9-7 on the season with a 69-45 win over the Indiana Hoosiers on Thursday night at Crisler Arena. DeShawn Sims led the Wolverines with 20 points and eight rebounds. Manny Harris added 21 points as the game high.

ANN ARBOR - With 15:18 remaining in the first half, Laval Lucas-Perry hit from deep to give the Michigan basketball team its second lead of the game over the visiting Indiana Hoosiers 7-5. Over the remaining 35:18 the Maize and Blue never looked back in a 69-45 win to even the ledger at 1-1 with the Hoosiers.

Over the first 30 minutes of the contest the Wolverines were led by DeShawn Sims, the Wolverines 6-foot-8 forward. Over the final 10 minutes it was the Manny Harris show. After sitting through the early moments of the second half, Harris finished with a game-high 21 points for the Wolverines.

Michigan pushed the lead to 13-7 over a five minute stretch to the middle of the first half. DeShawn Sims finished a pair of layups, the first coming with an and one, plus Stu Douglass hit one of two from the free throw line.

Christian Watford ended the Michigan run with a layup, but Michigan added two Manny Harris free throws and a tip in by Zack Novak to steak Michigan a 17-9 lead.

With 4:31 left in the half the Hoosiers cut into the lead and trimmed the score to 20-15 on a Watford free throw. The mini 6-3 Indiana run also had three more from Watford, plus a Tom Pritchard dunk.

Over the final minutes of the half the teams battled to a 27-21 Michigan advantage.

Out the intermission the teams continued their back-and-forth battle with the Wolverines always one step ahead. With 5:54 left in the game, Michigan held a slight 48-43 edge on the scoareboard, though.

Harris scored 17 points in the second half, plus keyed the Wolverines during the games critical 21-2 run to end the contest.

With the win the Wolverines improve to 9-7 on the season and 3-2 in Big 10 action. Michigan returns to Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor on Sunday at 1:30 for a non-conference tilt against the UConn Huskies.

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