Feb. 11, 2010
With the win, Michigan is now 12-12 (.500) overall and 5-7 in Big Ten play. The win was Michigan's second in its last seven games.
Michigan has won seven of the last 10 meetings against Minnesota, including the last two at Williams Arena (won 67-64 last season).
Michigan is now 81-64 (74-60*) all-time against Minnesota. The Wolverines own a 29-44 all-time record at Williams Arena.
John Beilein now holds a 4-2 record all-time against Minnesota. The two teams will meet again, this time at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2, in Ann Arbor.
Michigan's 71 points scored is the highest total since the Jan. 3 win over Ohio State (73-64). The Wolverines have seven games this season where they have scored 70-plus points. They are 7-0 in these contests.
Minnesota's only lead of the game came on its opening possession (2-0, Hoffarber layup). Michigan led the rest of the game (led by as many as 11).
DeShawn Sims led all scorers with 27 points (12-of-18 FG), two shy of his career high (29, set Feb. 26, 2009, against Purdue). Sims scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half. He also had a team-high seven rebounds. It was Sims' 21st game in which he scored 20 points or more (ninth time this season).
Manny Harris added 20 points (5-of-14 FG; 8-of-10 FT) and dished out seven assists. It was Harris' 35th game in which he scored 20 points or more (11th time this season).
The "Detroit Duo" normally accounts for 53 percent of Michigan's offense. Against Minnesota, Sims and Harris accounted for 66 percent (47-of-71).
Michigan is now 5-11 when only two players score double-digit points.
Zack Gibson scored eight points in only nine minutes of action, most of it coming in the first half. Gibson hit two three-pointers, his first makes and attempts in conference play. His eight points mark the highest total in a game since the loss to Boston College on Dec. 2. It was also the second time this season in which Gibson has hit multiple treys in a game; the other came against BC (Gibson went 2-for-3).
Stu Douglass set a new career high with five steals against Minnesota. He also had five points, four assists, two rebounds and no turnovers.
Darius Morris started for the second straight game at point guard, finishing with five points, five assists and three rebounds. He also took a pair of charges in the second half.
For the second straight game, Michigan went with a starting lineup of Darius Morris, Stu Douglass, Manny Harris, Zack Novak and DeShawn Sims.
Michigan shot 68 percent (17-of-25 FG) in the second half, compared to 33 percent (9-of-27 FG) in the first half. The Wolverines shot 50 percent (26-for-52 FG) for the game.
On the season, Michigan shoots 29 percent from beyond the arc. Against Minnesota, the Wolverines went 7-of-14 (50 percent) on three-pointers.
Michigan had 20 assists compared to only eight turnovers. The Wolverines have had a positive assist-turnover ratio in 22 of the team's 24 games this season. It was also the ninth time this season in which Michigan has had single-digit turnovers (fifth time in Big Ten play). Michigan is 4-5 in these contests.
Michigan forced Minnesota into 15 turnovers. The Wolverines also had 11 steals, the seventh time this season they have reached double-digit steals. Seven players recorded at least one steal.
Michigan beat out Minnesota in a few statistical categories: points in the paint (28-22), points off turnovers (21-8) and second chance points (11-8).
DeShawn Sims has now played in 121 consecutive games for Michigan, while Zack Gibson has played in 91 straight for the Wolverines. Stu Douglass also extended his consecutive games streak to 59, while Laval Lucas-Perry extended his consecutive games streak to 50.