U-M Gives Away Late Lead; Falls 54-48

The Michigan basketball team fell to 10-8 on the year with a 54-48 loss to the Wisconsin Wednesday night at the Kohl Center. Michigan led over the first 36 minutes before faltering down the stretch. DeShawn Sims finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

MADISON, Wis. -- The Michigan basketball team fell to 10-8 on the season with a 54-48 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers on Wednesday night at the Kohl Center. Michigan built an 11-point lead in the first half and never trailed over the first 36 minutes, but just five points over the final five minutes doomed the Wolverines down the stretch.

DeShawn Sims led the Wolverines with 23 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out in the games final minutes. Manny Harris finished with 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting from the floor. Stu Douglass and Laval Lucas-Perry finished with 8 and 5 points. U-M finished with just one point off the bench in the six-point loss.

Over the opening 10 minutes of the contest the Wolverines held the No. 19 Badgers to just one made field goal in surging to a 13-3 lead. Sims scored eight of his 12 first half points during the opening stretch before Wisconsin used a 7-0 run to trim U-M's lead to just five points at 15-10.

Sims added two more, plus Darius Morris added a free throw before Laval Lucas-Perry pushed the lead back to 21-10 with a triple with 5:31 left on the first half clock. Over the final five minutes the Badgers used an 8-0 run to make the score 21-18.

Out of the break DeShawn Sims scored the first nine Michigan points in helping the Wolverines re-establish the lead at 30-23. A combination of shots from inside, outside and at the free throw line helped Sims keep the Badgers off guard before being held to just two points over the final 15 minutes.

Harris added a three-pointer following two DeShawn Sims free throws to put Michigan back up 10 with 14 minutes to play. Then it was all Wisconsin, though.

A 26-10 Wisconsin run over the next 14 minutes helped give Wisconsin its first lead of the game. Trevon Hughes, held to just a handful of first half points, exploded for 11 of his team-high 20 points. Rob Wilson also added seven straight for the Badgers to match back-to-back Douglass triples and keep the Badgers within striking distance. He also hit a pair from the charity stripe with 4:04 remaining to tie the score at 43-43.

After two more Trevon Hughes buckets the Badgers iced the contest at the free throw line over the final minutes. In the end, despite a poor shooting night, the Badgers escaped the Kohl Center six-point victors.

Michigan returns home Saturday afternoon to meet the Purdue Boilermakers at Crisler Arena.

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