Michigan Snaps Skid at Minnesota

The Michigan basketball team travelled to Minneapolis, Minn., to meet Tubby Smith's Golden Gophers on Thursday night at Williams Arena. DeShawn Sims and Manny Harris led the Wolverines to a 71-63 win with 27 and 20 points offensively.

MINNEAPOLIS - The Michigan basketball team snapped its two-game skid with a 71-63 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Thursday night at Williams Arena. DeShawn Sims and Manny Harris led Michigan with 47 of Michigan's 71 points.

Over the opening 20 minutes the visiting Wolverines clawed out to a slim 27-26 lead.

Zack Gibson opened the scoring for the Wolverines nearly three minutes into the contest with a triple to give Michigan its first lead at 3-2. Shortly after Harris added a second triple, and the pair each also found the bottom of the bucket from inside the paint to spot the Maize and Blue a 12-6 lead with 13:18 left in the half.

Minnesota pulled with three at 16-13 with 9:20 left in the half, and, following five straight Michigan points by DeShawn Sims, drew even at 21-21 with 5:16 to play.

Over the final three minutes the teams traded baskets with the Golden Gophers ultimately gaining their last lead of the game at 26-25, but a late Minnesota foul sent Manny Harris to the line with 0.4 seconds left in the stanza to give Michigan it's 27-26 halftime edge.

In the second half the Gophers tied it briefly, but the Wolverines never trailed.

Damian Johnson knotted it 31-31 for the Gophers, but Zack Novak answered with three Michigan points. Zack Gibson and DeShawn Sims added nine more points as Michigan stretched its lead to to 47-38. From that point on the Gophers would get no closr than six.

Eight straight Minnesota free throws did pull the Gophers to within 52-46, But Manny Harris, who finished with 20, hit from deep to spark a Michigan surge that saw Sims chip in six more as Michigan built a 10-point lead with 4:37 to play.

Over the final minutes the Gophers closed the gap slightly, but the clock ran out on the home team with the final score 71-63 in Michigan's favor.

With the win Michigan gets back to 12-12 on the season and 5-7 in the Big 10. Michigan's off until next Tuesday when the Wolverines meet the Iowa Hawkeyes in a 9:00 p.m. tilt at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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