Wolverines Crack Top 25

By: AP
By: AP

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- DeShawn Sims had 20 points and a career-high 20 rebounds to lead No. 24 Michigan to its fourth straight victory, 76-59 over Florida-Gulf Coast on Monday night.
Kelvin Grady added 14 points for the Wolverines (9-2), who moved into the Top 25 on Monday for the first time since February 2006.
The Eagles (4-8) trailed 39-18 at halftime but got as close as 57-49 late in the second half before Michigan pulled away.
Delvin Franklin had 19 points and Reed Baker, who transferred from Michigan after the 2006-07 season, added 16 for Florida-Gulf Coast.
Florida-Gulf Coast cut the lead to 57-49 after Reed Baker's three-point play with 5 minutes left, but Sims answered with a dunk and Laval Lucas-Perry added a 3-pointer to push Michigan's lead back into double digits for good.
The Wolverines shot 36 percent in the first half, but the overmatched Eagles were just 5-for-23 from the field and didn't break into double figures until the game was almost 17 minutes old.
Michigan went on a 15-0 run early in the first half and took the 19-point halftime lead as Sims had nine points and bettered his best rebound total with 13.
Manny Harris entered the game averaging a Big Ten-best 20.3 points per game but finished with six to snap a streak of 10 straight games in double figures.
Lucas-Perry scored 12 points.


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