Dec. 5, 2009
Today marked the first meeting between Michigan and Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
With the win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Michigan broke a three-game losing streak. U-M is now 4-3 on the season.
The win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff helps U-M inch closer to the 500-win total at Crisler Arena. In 42 seasons, the Wolverines have a 498-137 record at Crisler.
With his start against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Manny Harris has now played in and started all 74 games in his U-M career. Zack Gibson extended his consecutive games played streak to 74, while DeShawn Sims has played in 104 consecutive games and 107 total for Michigan.
DeShawn Sims notched 19 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double this season and the ninth of his career. He is now averaging 15.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this season. Michigan is 3-0 during the current campaign when Sims posts a double-double.
With his 19 points against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, DeShawn Sims moved up one spot to 36th on the Wolverines' all-time scoring list with 1,155 points. He passed M.C. Burton (1,145).
With his 10 rebounds against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, DeShawn Sims also moved up four spots on the Wolverines' all-time rebounds list with 538. He is now tied for 30th with "Fab Five" great Jimmy King. He passed Mike McGee (530), Campy Russell (531) and Larry Tregoning (534).
Manny Harris recorded 18 points and six rebounds, giving him his seventh consecutive game of at least 18 points and six rebounds this season. After scoring just two points in the first half, Harris exploded in the second half with 16 points, six rebounds and two assists.
During Michigan's 14-3 run to start the second half, the Wolverine defense held Arkansas-Pine Bluff without a field goal for the first 6:06. The run allowed Michigan to never trail in the second half as they held a 35-21 scoring advantage in the frame.
Michigan's defense forced 22 turnovers, its second-highest total of the season. Michigan has now forced double-digit turnovers in every game during the campaign, including four games over 15 and two games over 20.
For the seventh straight game, the Wolverines recorded more assists than turnovers. The Michigan offense recorded 14 assists and 12 turnovers against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.