Nov. 20, 2008
NEW YORK (AP)--DeShawn Sims scored 18 points and Manny Harris added 15 to help Michigan upset No. 4 UCLA 55-52 on Thursday night in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic.
The Wolverines will face No. 10 Duke in the championship game Friday night. The Blue Devils beat Southern Illinois 83-58 in the first semifinal at Madison Square Garden.
With his team trailing 48-46 with 4:16 left, Stu Douglass hit a long 3-pointer to give Michigan the lead. Darren Collison was stripped on the other end, leading to a layup by Sims that made it 51-48 Wolverines.
UCLA cut the deficit to two when Josh Shipp made one of two free throws with 56 seconds left. After Michigan (3-0) worked the shot clock down, Anthony Wright found Sims on a backdoor cut for an emphatic, two-handed dunk that gave the Wolverines a four-point lead with 23.8 seconds remaining.
The Bruins (2-1) weren't done. Nikola Dragovic's 3-pointer with 5 seconds to go cut it to 53-52. But Harris hit two free throws and blocked Collison's potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Collison and Jrue Holiday each had 13 points to lead UCLA (2-1). Shipp, the Bruins' second-leading scorer, was stymied by Michigan's 1-3-1 zone. Averaging 12.5 points coming into the game, Shipp was held to just five on 2-for-9 shooting.
UCLA held a 29-23 halftime lead before Michigan opened the second half with a 10-2 run to take its first lead on Harris' 3-pointer with 16:42 left. The teams traded baskets over the next 11 minutes, with UCLA regaining the lead for the first time on Alfred Aboya's floater that made it 47-46 with 4:38 left. He added one of two free throws 20 seconds later to give UCLA a two-point lead.
The Bruins outplayed the Wolverines in the first half, but couldn't put them away. UCLA outshot Michigan 50 percent to 31 percent and outrebounded the Wolverines 21-8, yet only had a six-point lead at the break.
Michigan was able to hang close by forcing 11 turnovers and committing only two in the first half.
UCLA advanced to Madison Square Garden by beating Miami (Ohio) 64-59 last Friday. The Bruins blew out Prairie View in their opening-round game.
Michigan made it to New York by routing Michigan Tech and Northeastern. Harris averaged 28 points, 8.5 rebounds and five assists in the two games.
Michigan, which ended a seven-game losing streak to UCLA, lost to Duke 95-67 on Dec. 8, 2007.