ANN ARBOR - The Michigan basketball team fell behind in the opening minutes, but stormed back with a strong 30 minutes to blow past the visiting Minnesota Golden Gophers 83-55 on Tuesday night at Crisler Arena.
DeShawn Sims fittingly led all U-M scorers with 23 points on senior night while junior Manny Harris added 22 and Stu Douglass chipped in with 10.
After falling behind 5-0 in the opening minutes, the Wolverines outscored the visiting Gophers 43-24 over the final 18 minutes to take a commanding 14-point lead into the break.
Up 18-17 with 9:01 left in the frame, DeShawn Sims started a 14-2 run spanning five minutes to push Michigan's lead to 32-19. Sims scored four of the 14 points with Manny Harris adding the other 10 points in the Wolverines key run.
Matt Vogrich and Zack Novak each also added triple before the end of the half to help Michigan push its' halftime lead to 14.
In the second half the Wolverines extended the lead to 21 for the first time on a Douglass three-pointer with 14:03 remaining in the contest. Five more DeShawn Sims points following a Darius Morris basket helped Michigan then push the lead to 65-40 halfway through the second half.
The teams exchanged buckets over the final 10 minutes with the Gophers briefly pulling back within 19, but the Wolverines never looked back in the dominating win.
The Maize and Blue conclude the regular season on Sunday with a 4:00 p.m. tilt against the Spartans in East Lansing, Mich.,