Jan. 30, 2010
Today's game was part of the Coaches vs. Cancer® Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend, a collaborative initiative of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Participating NABC member coaches will wear sneakers instead of dress shoes with their suits during weekend games to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society. Both Michigan and Iowa staff's wore polo shirts, khaki pants and sneakers as part of their support of the campaign.
Prior to the start of Michigan's game with Iowa, the entire Wolverine basketball family presented Carol Slewert with an autographed basketball. One of U-M's biggest basketball fans, Mrs. Slewert was recently diagnosed with cancer.
With the win, Michigan moved to 11-10 on the season and 4-5 in Big Ten play.
With the win, Michigan moved to 85-57 (81-52*) all-time against Iowa. The Wolverines are now 48-22 against the Hawkeyes in Ann Arbor.
Michigan held Iowa to only 17 first-half points. It was the fewest points scored by an opponent in a half all season. U-M held Iowa without a field goal for the first 9:26 of the game. The Hawkeyes ended up with 46 points, which is the second-lowest total the Wolverines have allowed all season (45 vs. Indiana, Jan. 14).
Michigan held a 44-31 rebounding advantage in the contest. It was the highest total for the Wolverines since the season opener against Northern Michigan (48). Michigan scored 22 points off of a season-high 19 offensive rebounds.
Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims each recorded a game-high 20 points. Sims added 12 rebounds, including a season-high nine offensive rebounds, an assist and a steal. Harris added six rebounds and tied for a game high with three assists.
With 20 points and 12 rebounds, DeShawn Sims recorded his 12th career double-double and sixth this season. Michigan is now 10-2 in Sims' career when he records a double-double (5-1 this season).
Manny Harris recorded six rebounds against Iowa to give him 503 for his career, making him the 37th player in U-M history to record 500 rebounds. With 1,487 career points, he becomes the 16th player in U-M history to reach 1,400 points and 500 rebounds.
With his 20 points against Iowa, DeShawn Sims now has 1,418 points in his U-M career, making him the 23rd player in U-M history to reach 1,400 points. He also moved into 22nd place on the Wolverines' all-time scoring list, passing Terry Mills (1,405).
The 20-point performances from Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims against Iowa marked the fifth time this season (third time in Big Ten play) that two Wolverines have scored at least 20 points. The "Motor City Duo" of Harris and Sims accounted for the four previous games in which two Michigan players scored at least 20 as well. Michigan is 5-0 in these contests.
For the eighth time, Zack Novak tied a career-high with three assists (last at Indiana Dec. 31, 2009). He also added six points and six rebounds in the win.
The Michigan defense limited Iowa to just five assists for the game, the lowest total the Wolverines have allowed all season. U-M finished with 13 assists.
With appearances against Michigan State, DeShawn Sims has now played in 118 consecutive games for Michigan, while Zack Gibson has played in 88 straight for the Wolverines. Stu Douglass also extended his consecutive games streak to 56, while Laval Lucas-Perry extended his consecutive games streak to 46.