About 100 members of Michigan's student section, the "Maize Rage," traveled to Northwestern to help cheer on the Wolverines. It was the second trip of the season for the group as they also drove down for the Maize and Blue's road game at Miami (Ohio) (Dec. 7).
With Saturday's win Michigan holds a 99-42 all-time record (93-51* NCAA sanction) against Northwestern. In addition, the Wolverines hold a 41-32 all-time record (39-31* NCAA sanction) in games played in Evanston, Ill.
Michigan entered Saturday's game leading the Big Ten with 111 blocks (6.94 per game) and did not disappoint at Northwestern, recording six against the Wildcats. Ekpe Udoh (2), Lester Abram (1), Brent Petway (1) Courtney Sims (1) and DeShawn Sims (1) each contributed to the Wolverine cause. Overall, the Wolverines have 117 total on the season.
Michigan held the Wildcats to 46 points, increasing the number of opponents they have held to 50 points or less to six on the season. The Wolverines have also held Central Connecticut State (40) on Nov. 10, Harvard (50) on Nov. 17, Wofford College (49) on Dec. 2, Delaware State (43) on Dec. 9 and Army (50) on Dec. 28 to 50 points or less.
After Northwestern recorded 46-percent (11-for-24) shooting from the floor in the first half, solid Michigan defense held the Wildcats to just 19-percent (5-for-26) shooting from the floor in the second. It is the second-lowest field goal percentage in a half the Wolverines have allowed this season, holding both Central Connecticut State on Nov. 10 and Eastern Michigan Nov. 12 to 15-percent shooting (4-for-26) in a half.
Michigan entered Saturday's game outrebounding its opponent by 8.3 per game and kept that going at Northwestern by bringing down 38 boards to the Wildcats' 28. What's more, U-M had a 26-14 advantage on the boards in the second frame after they were outrebounded 14-12 in the first.
Four of U-M's seniors continue to move up Michigan's all-time record book for career games in a Maize and Blue uniform. Courtney Sims is tied for 22nd with 115 career games; Dion Harris is tied for 28th with 113 career games; Lester Abram is tied for 43rd with 102 career games and Brent Petway is 48th with 101.
Courtney Sims has not missed a game in his career, playing in 115 straight, while teammate Ron Coleman has played in 81 straight games for the Maize and Blue.
Dion Harris posted six points at Northwestern to move him into 22nd on Michigan's all-time scoring list with 1,343 career tallies. Harris reached and surpassed Maceo Baston (1995-98) who previously held the spot with 1,340.
With one steal at Northwestern, Brent Petway now has 50-career swipes.
Ron Coleman brought down seven rebounds against the Wildcats for a season best. Coleman's career best is eight, which he recorded against Chicago State on Dec. 31, 2005. He has had seven rebounds four other times in his career.
Reed Baker continues to explode from three-point range, hitting all three of his field goals at Northwestern from beyond the arc. In fact, of Baker's 14 field goals this season (14-for-41), 13 have been triples (13-for-30).
Reed Baker recorded his second-career double-digit performance at Northwestern, finishing the game with 11 points. Baker went 3-for-8 from the floor -- 3-for-7 from beyond the arc -- and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe.
With two blocks at Northwestern, Ekpe Udoh extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one block to 10. He currently leads the Wolverines with 41 total blocks and has had 12 multi-block games this season.
Ekpe Udoh matched a career-best two assists against the Wildcats. He has recorded two assists on three other occasions, with the most recent coming against Wofford on Dec. 2.
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