It was as if visiting Wisconsin couldn't miss from deep in the first of their 62-44 victory over the Michigan Wolverines Saturday afternoon. The Badgers were a whopping 9/13 from beyond the arc in the first half and 11/21 on the game. Their first half marksmanship was capped off by a 35-foot heave that found the bottom of the net from guard Jason Bohannon to put the visitors up 40-26 at the break.
Even though the Wolverines trailed by 14 points at intermission they had been very efficient from the field, having shot 12/20 overall and 2/2 from three. Senior forward Deshawn Sims paced the Maize & Blue with 15 points on 7/10 shooting. That said, it wouldn't last. Michigan went cold after the break. Way cold.
The Wolverines long distance shooting has been a sore spot all year, but they were particularly anemic in the second half going 0/9 from beyond the arc. They finished the game having shot a season low 18% (2/11) from long range. The Maize & Blue did their best to return the defensive favor, and actually reduced the visitors blistering 68.2% first half shooting to 36.8%. It would have been even better had the Badgers not been so adept at coming up with answers late in the shot clock.
"We guarded them a couple of times for 60, 70 seconds," John Beilein said afterward. "And when they get those late shots on you, it takes your heart away."
A 12-4 Wisconsin run over the first seven minutes of the second stanza gave the Badgers their biggest lead of the game (52-32), putting the contest effectively out of reach.
Deshawn Sims was held in check in the second half, notching only three after the break for 18 overall. Manny Harris chipped in with 11 points. Wisconsin had three players in double figures led by Jason Bohannon's 18 points on 7/11 shooting from the field, and 4/7 from three. Trevon Hughes and Jordan Taylor added 14 and 13 respectively.
Michigan will attempt to end its two-game losing streak on the road Thursday against Minnesota. Tipoff is scheduled for 7pm EST and will air on ESPN.