Dec. 10, 2009
Tonight's game marked Michigan's first "true" road game of the season. U-M played three games on a neutral site -- vs. Creighton, Marquette and Alabama -- at the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
With the loss, Michigan falls to 4-3 (4-2*) all-time against Utah. The Wolverines are 0-2 against Utah on the road.
U-M made its first starting lineup change of the season, inserting Zack Gibson into the starting lineup for Zack Novak. Novak did not dress because of the gastrointestinal flu. Gibson was joined in the starting lineup by Darius Morris, Laval Lucas-Perry, Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims. Novak missed just the second game in his Michigan career. Novak sat out on Jan. 31, 2009, at Purdue, serving a team-imposed one-game suspension. Meanwhile, Gibson made his first start since Feb. 10, 2009, against Michigan State.
With his start at Utah, Manny Harris has now started all 75 games in his U-M career, while Stu Douglass has played in all 43 in his respective career. Zack Gibson extended his consecutive games played streak to 75, while DeShawn Sims has played in 105 consecutive for Michigan.
Manny Harris scored 25 points to lead U-M in scoring for the sixth time in eight games this season. Harris has led Michigan in scoring 42 times in his career and has scored 20 or more points on 26 occasions.
Manny Harris' 25 points at Utah marked his fifth game scoring 20-plus points this season. Overall, he now has 1,279 career points, moving him three spots higher on U-M's all-time scoring list (26th).
Darius Morris grabbed a career-high five rebounds. Morris finished the contest with seven points and four assists.
DeShawn Sims tied a career high with three steals. Sims has now recorded six three-steal games in his U-M career, and his last came on Nov. 27, 2009, against Marquette.
Eso Akunne played a career-high 17 minutes, finishing the game with a career-high three points.
Michigan's 52 points are the lowest for the Wolverines in a game since scoring 50 on March 13, 2009, against Illinois in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
Michigan scored just 10 points off the bench but held the Utah bench to only five points in the category.
Michigan forced 17 Utah turnovers. With that feat, the Wolverines have forced double-digit turnovers by their opponents in all eight contests this season.
The Wolverines recorded 11 steals in the contest, marking the third time this season U-M has had double-figure steals. U-M had 15 steals against Alabama (Nov. 29) and 10 against Creighton (Nov. 26).