INDIANAPOLIS - The Michigan basketball team extended its season another game on Thursday afternoon by advancing to the Quarterfinal Round of the 2010 Big 10 Basketball Tournament with a 59-52 win over the No. 9-seeded Iowa Hawkeyes at the Conseco Fieldhouse.
Manny Harris led the Wolverines with 22 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists, plus senior DeShawn Sims added 14 points as the Wolverines advance to meet the Tournaments top seed, Ohio State, on Friday afternoon.
In a game the Wolverines never trailed in, the Maize and Blue jumped on top of the Hawkeyes early with a fast 12-4 surge in the games first five minutes. Manny Harris opened the scoring with a three-point basket, and also added a second jumper on the stretch, and DeShawn Sims added seven points of his own the first five minutes.
The pair would score the first 17 points of the contest for the Wolverines, and not until after Hawkwyes guard Cully Payne, who finished with a game-high 25 points, hit a pair of free throws with 11:52 left in the half did another Michigan player find the bottom of the net.
In the later part of the half the Wolverines built a game-high 16-point lead before Iowa trimmed it to just nine points, 32-23, at the break. Anthony Wright and Stu Douglass both connected from behind the three-point arc, plus the Maize and Blue added five made free throws. Iowa's late first half surge was sparked by eight of Payne's points.
The second half saw Payne's hot shooting continue as a three-pointer with 15:32 remaining brought the Hawkeyes within just 34-30. Zack Novak answered with a Michigan triple, though, and a quick Michigan run that saw baskets from Manny Harris, Zack Gibson and Laval Lucas-Perry helped the lead grow back to a comfortable 49-39 margin with 9:10 remaining.
Harris and Sims then combined to push the lead back to 16-points at the 4:07 mark before the Hawkeyes chipped away at the lead over the final four minutes to the final tune of 59-52.
The Wolverines are now 15-16 on the season and look to climb back to .500 with a win against the No. 1-seeded Buckeyes tomorrow afternoon at Conseco Fieldhouse.
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