ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Dion Harris scored six of his 27 points in the closing minutes, leading Michigan to a 82-80 victory over Minnesota on Saturday night.
After trailing for much of the night, Michigan (17-8, 5-5 Big Ten) built its biggest lead 12 minutes in the second half when a Lester Abram leaner gave the Wolverines a 63-57 advantage. Abram's basket capped a 25-12 Michigan run.Minnesota (9-16, 3-8) drew to within 80-78 with 14.5 seconds remaining on Jamal Abu-Shamala's 3-pointer. But the Wolverines' Jarret Smith hit two free throws with 9.7 seconds remaining to help send the Gophers to their eighth loss in 10 games.Lawrence McKenzie led Minnesota with 18 points and Dan Coleman added 16.Michigan tied the score at 53 with 12:04 remaining when Brent Petway converted a 3-point play. Petway finished with 18 points.Minnesota led 42-33 at halftime.