Harris, Wolverines push past Badgers in Big Ten battle
Ann Arbor, MI (Sports Network) – Dion Harris scored 23 points to lead Michigan
to its second straight victory over a ranked opponent, an 85-76 decision over
No. 23 Wisconsin in a key Big Ten matchup at Crisler Arena.
Harris made good on 8-of-12 field goal attempts and knocked down 5-of-9 three-
point tries for the resurgent Wolverines (15-3, 5-2 Big Ten), who moved into a
tie with Wisconsin for first place in a crowded conference race. Courtney Sims
added 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting in the win.
Michigan, which shot a crisp 55 percent overall, was coming off a 72-67
triumph over 11th-ranked Michigan State on Wednesday.
Kammron Taylor poured in 29 points, including 13 in the final 2:17 to fuel a
belated comeback attempt for the Badgers (15-5, 5-2). Alando Tucker finished
with 21 points in the loss, Wisconsin’s third in four games.
The Wolverines led from start to finish and built an 11-point cushion at
Harris’ third three-pointer of the first half and a trey from Ron Coleman
started an 8-2 run that extended a three-point Michigan lead into a 22-13
advantage midway through the opening stanza.
Wisconsin drew within five late in the first half, but the Wolverines netted
the final six points to take a double-digit lead into the break. A steal and
layup by Chris Hunter in the waning seconds ended the burst and put Michigan
up 38-27 at intermission.
The Wolverines shot 54 percent over the initial 20 minutes, compared to just
34 percent for the Badgers.
Wisconsin made several stabs at the lead during the second half, but Michigan
held off each attempt.
An inside layup from Tucker 2 1/2 minutes in capped a 6-0 run that cut the
Badgers’ deficit to 44-37, but back-to-back baskets from Harris made it an 11-
point game with 15:34 to go.
The Wolverines were up 70-58 with four minutes left when Wisconsin again began
to chip away. A Ray Nixon three-pointer and a Taylor triple with 2:17 to go
highlighted an 8-2 burst which trimmed the margin to six.
Another three-pointer by Taylor, this one with 37 seconds to go, brought the
Badgers within 79-74, but Michigan preserved the win by hitting 6-of-6 free
throws in the closing moments.
The Wolverines ended the game 22-of-27 from the foul line.
Hunter ended with 15 points while Daniel Horton had 14 for Michigan. Horton
went 10-of-10 from the free throw line…Nixon had 13 points on 5-of-7
shooting, including 3-of-5 from three-point range…The Badgers are just 1-4
on the road this season…Taylor was knocked woozy on a legal screen by
Michigan’s Graham Brown with 5:14 remaining but returned shortly
afterward…Michigan had lost eight straight against top 25 opponents before
beating Michigan State.