Jan. 10, 2010
Before the game, Michigan announced freshman guard Eso Akunne would miss the winter semester of the basketball season due to academic ineligibility. Akunne will be allowed to practice but cannot participate in games for the remainder of the season.
With the loss, Michigan falls to 8-7 on the season and 2-2 in Big Ten play.
With the loss, Michigan falls to 102-54 (96-53*) all-time against Northwestern. The Wolverines are now 58-20 against the Wildcats in Ann Arbor.
Northwestern outscored the Wolverines 40-25 in the second half, erasing a 37-28 halftime lead for Michigan. This marks only the second time all season U-M has lost after leading at halftime.
Michigan committed a season-high 18 turnovers. The Wolverines' 18 assists also meant it was the first game all season in which U-M did not have more assists than turnovers.
With his 24 points against Northwestern, Manny Harris moved up one spot on the Wolverines' all-time scoring list with 1,401 points, which is good for 22nd all-time. He passed John Tidwell (1,386).
Manny Harris became the 22nd player in Michigan history to surpass 1,400 career points. DeShawn Sims' 17 points also make him the 27th Wolverine to exceed 1,300 career points. Sims now has 1,307 points in his U-M career.
With his nine rebounds against Northwestern, Manny Harris moved up two spots on the Wolverines' all-time rebounds list with 475, which are good for 41st all-time. He passed Wayman Britt (469) and Tim McCormick (472). Harris was one rebound shy of his 10th career double-double.
Manny Harris made all seven of the free throws he attempted in the loss. This gives him 410 made from the charity stripe in his career. During the game, he passed Jalen Rose (406) to move into fifth all-time for the Wolverines.
DeShawn Sims tied a career high with three blocks against Northwestern (last vs. Penn State -- Feb. 5, 2009). He added 17 points, eight rebounds, and an assist in the loss.
Darius Morris dished out a career-high seven assists against Northwestern. This is the highest single-game total by a Wolverine in Big Ten play this season. He also tied a career high with two steals (last at Utah -- Dec. 9, 2009) and added six points on two three-pointers in addition to his three rebounds.
Michigan won the rebound battle against Northwestern, 35-26, marking the fifth time all season that the Wolverines have outrebounded their opponent. U-M is 3-2 in those contests.
U-M went 13-for-14 (92.9 percent) from the free throw line against Northwestern. It marks the first time all season the Wolverines have shot over 90 percent from the charity stripe.
U-M forced Northwestern into 12 turnovers in the contest. It is the 13th time this season the Wolverines have forced an opponent into double-digit turnovers.
For the sixth straight game, Michigan went with the starting lineup of DeShawn Sims, Manny Harris, Stu Douglass, Zack Novak, and Laval Lucas-Perry.
With his start against Northwestern, Manny Harris has now started all 82 games in his U-M career, while Stu Douglass has played in all 50 in his career. Zack Gibson extended his consecutive games played streak to 82, while DeShawn Sims has played in 112 consecutive for Michigan.
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