2005-06 BKM at Illinois -- Notes & Quotes


Michigan's 74 points is the most Illinois has allowed this season. In fact, the Fighting Illini have not allowed a single opponent to even score more than 70-points in a single game this season -- 16 straight games. The most points Illinois has allowed this season was 65 to South Dakota State (Nov. 18) in the first regular season game of the season.

With the loss, Michigan has now lost 11 straight games against Illinois and nine straight at Assembly Hall.

With a 19-point effort at Illinois, Daniel Horton moved into the top 25 all-time for scoring. He now has 1,257 career points, which is exactly No. 25 all-time.

With his two three-point field goals at Illinois, Daniel Horton moved into sole possession of the No. 2 all-time spot for career three-point field goals made. He now has 190 in his career, which passed LaVell Blanchard (189, 2000-03). Horton already holds the No. 2 spot for three-point field goal attempts with 542.

With his two blocks at Illinois, Courtney Sims became the fourth member of U-M's prestigious 150 block club. Sims now has 151 career rebounds, which ranks fourth all-time. He needs 17 to claim the third spot held by Eric Riley (1900-93, 168).

By playing at Illinois, Graham Brown became the 34th Wolverine in history to play 100 career games. He also started the game, giving him his 87th starting nod of his career.

After grabbing just three rebounds at Illinois, Graham Brown needs just one rebound to become the 34th Wolverine in history to reach 500 career rebounds. In fact, with his 525 career points, Brown will also become the 34th Wolverine in history to join the 500-point/500-rebound club.

Lester Abram return to the playing floor after missing two games due to a sprained right toe. He finished with five points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal in 22 minutes of action.

Brent Petway came off the bench at Illinois to record a season-best eights points and season-best six rebounds. He also had a steal and played in 16 minutes of action.

Jerret Smith started his second consecutive game at Illinois. He responded again tying a career-high with eight points, including a career-best-tying two three-point field goals.


Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker
On putting a scare to Illinois and its fans ... "It doesn't do much good for us. We are not into moral victories, which I just mentioned to our kids. I thought both teams played with a great amount of heart and effort and really laid it all out on the line. I certainly thought a couple of plays they made down the stretch -- making some tough shots, especially the three-point play by Dee Brown -- were keys to this game. We had our opportunities but they slipped away for us. I mentioned to our kids we have to keep our heads up and get ready for the next one."

On finding the little things that were the difference is this game ... "It usually comes down to those little things in big games. For us, this was a big game. But certainly playing here, with this atmosphere, against a very good basketball game, it was the little plays that we weren't able to complete at various moments that hurt us. We had our chances. We played well in stretches and they (Illinois) were very tough."

On play of Wolverines and especially the U-M bench ... "We had solid play, especially with the players coming off the bench. They gave us added and needed minutes especially when you look at Lester (Abram) coming back for the first time. We had some slippages there in some moments, with some of our coverage and other assignments, things that we just blew. They took advantage of it. Those two seniors -- (James) Augustine and (Dee) Brown played exceptional for them."

On if the team takes confidence from this ... "We came in here with the idea that we were going to win. We thought we had the game plan and strategy to do that. I thought our kids gave great effort to execute that. It's a tough place to play and they are very good. I am hoping that we can use some of the positives from this game. It's a long horse race, there is a lot of basketball to play. We just have to continue to get better."

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