Second Half Surge Propels Bruins Past Wolverines, 69-54
Dec. 22, 2007
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Josh Shipp scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half as No. 8 UCLA rallied for a 69-54 victory over Michigan on Saturday.
The Wolverines (4-8) led by as many as eight points in the second half, but couldn't keep up with UCLA (11-1) down the stretch.
Kevin Love had 17 points and 16 rebounds for UCLA, while Luc Richard Mbah a Moute added 12 points and 13 rebounds. UCLA finished the game with a 47-29 advantage on the glass.
DeShawn Sims led Michigan with 12 points and Manny Harris added 11.
The Bruins scored the game's first eight points, and looked ready to blow out the inexperienced Wolverines.
Michigan, though, answered with an 11-3 run to tie the score. Consecutive 3-pointers by Zack Gibson and Sims gave the Wolverines a 19-15 lead.
Another 3-pointer, this one by C.J. Lee, put Michigan ahead 27-24 at the half. The Wolverines forced 11 turnovers in the first half and only committed four.
With Michigan up six early in the second half, Bruins point guard Darren Collison went to the bench with three fouls. On UCLA's next possession, Ekpe Udoh blocked two shots, the second setting up a fast-break basket by Harris that made it 36-28.
The Bruins, though, only needed five minutes to regain the lead. Shipp's 3-pointer started the rally, and UCLA took a 45-43 lead on his short jumper with 8:41 to go.
Another 3 by Shipp made it 53-43 with 6:30 to go. Shipp, Mbah a Moute and Lowe scored all of UCLA's points in the 18-3 run that let them take control.