March 2, 2010
With the victory, Michigan improves to 14-15 on the season and 7-10 in Big Ten play. The Wolverines conclude the regular season with a 10-6 record at home in Crisler Arena.
Michigan's win over Minnesota improves its all-time record to 82-64 (76-60)* against the Golden Gophers. U-M is now 51-19 at home against Minnesota and John Beilein is 5-2 in his career against the Golden Gophers. Michigan has won four straight against Minnesota.
The Wolverines shot a season-best 60.4 percent (32-for-53) from the field against Minnesota. Michigan's previous season high was 57.4 percent (35-for-61) in the season opener against Northern Michigan.
Michigan shot 42 percent from three-point range against Minnesota (8-for-19). The Wolverines shot only four attempts in the second half (1-for-4; 25 percent) after going 7-for-15 (46 percent) in the first half.
Michigan tied a season low with four turnovers against the Golden Gophers. U-M also committed four turnovers against Michigan State on Jan. 26. Michigan entered the contest averaging just 10.1 turnovers per game, fifth-best in the nation.
U-M recorded 21 assists on 32 field goals, marking the fourth time this season the Wolverines have had 20 or more assists in a game. The Wolverines had 25 against Coppin State (Dec. 22), 24 against Northern Michigan (Nov. 14) and 20 at Minnesota (Feb. 11). In the first half, U-M had 14 assists on 16 made field goals.
The Maize and Blue forced 14 Minnesota turnovers, marking the 26th time this season that the Wolverines have forced their opponents into double-digit turnovers.
DeShawn Sims and Manny Harris each scored 20 or more points in the same contest for the eighth time this season. Sims finished with 23, while Harris scored 22 points. U-M is now 8-0 when both Sims and Harris score 20-plus points. Sims has now scored 20-plus points 12 times this season and 22 times in his career, while Harris has netted 20-plus points 14 times the season and 35 times in his career.
The "Motor City Duo" of Sims and Harris combined for 47 points in Michigan's prior meeting with Minnesota (Feb. 11). The two combined for 45 on Tuesday night.
Stu Douglass joined DeShawn Sims and Manny Harris in double figures with 10 points. U-M is now 8-2 this season when three or more players score in double figures. For Douglass, it was his fifth game in double figures this season and the 14th of his career.
Manny Harris eclipsed the 1,600-point mark against the Golden Gophers, becoming the 13th Wolverine with 1,600 o more points. Harris now has 1,616 points in his U-M career, 11th-most in school history, passing Dion Harris (2004-07), Roy Tarpley (1983-86) and Daniel Horton (2003-06) on Michigan's career scoring list in the contest.
Manny Harris also moved into eighth place on Michigan's career steals list with his three takeaways against Minnesota. Harris has 139 steals in his U-M career.
With his 23 points against Minnesota, DeShawn Sims now has 1,545 points in his U-M career, the 15th-most in school history. Sims passed Juwan Howard (1992-94) and Jimmy King (1992-95) on the U-M career scoring list.
Stu Douglas eclipsed 400 career points with his 10-point effort against Minnesota. Douglass now has 406 career points.
Zack Novak recorded a career-best six assists against Minnesota. Novak's previous career high was five at Iowa (Feb. 16).
U-M scored 43 points in the first half; it was the most points for the Wolverines in the first half of a game since scoring 51 in the season opener against Northern Michigan.
Michigan scored 40 points in the paint (Minnesota had 38).
The Wolverines made seven three-pointers in the first half against the Golden Gophers, tying for the most made triples in a half by U-M this season. Michigan also made seven threes in the second half at Penn State on Jan. 7 and in the first half at Iowa on Feb. 16.
DeShawn Sims has now played in 126 consecutive games, while Zack Gibson has played in 96 straight games for the Wolverines. Stu Douglass also extended his consecutive games streak to 64, while Laval Lucas-Perry extended his consecutive games streak to 55.