N O T E S
Michigan's 66-62 victory over Penn State extends the current Wolverine winning streak to six games. U-M currently holds a 12-5 overall record with a perfect 3-0 in conference play.
The Wolverines' 66-62 victory over Penn State gives Michigan a perfect 3-0 start in Big Ten conference play. The last time U-M began a season 3-0 in Big Ten action was in 2002-03 when the Maize and Blue went a perfect 6-0 before losing 67-61 at No. 13 Illinois (Jan. 29, 2003).
After draining seven three-point field goals against Penn State, the Wolverines have recorded at least six triples in each of their last four games. Michigan's best performance from beyond the arc was when they shot 9-for-18 (50.0 percent) from long range against Fairfield (Jan. 8).
J.C. Mathis made his second-consecutive start for the Wolverines against the Nittany Lions, reaching season-best totals in points (9), rebounds (6) and minutes played (22).
Graham Brown recorded his first career double-double on 13 points and a career-best-tying 10 rebounds. Brown shot 5-for-12 from the floor along with a perfect 3-for-3 from the charity stripe.
Graham Brown's 10 rebounds against the Nittany Lions matched a career best for the junior forward. Brown's only other time recording 10 boards was against Boston University (Dec. 30, 2003).
Graham Brown played a career-best 37 minutes against Penn State. Brown's previous best in minutes played was also at Penn State (Jan. 24, 2004), when he recorded 33 minutes last season at the Bryce Jordan Center.
After shooting 5-for-12 from the floor against Penn State, Graham Brown set a career best in field goal attempts. Brown's previous best in field goal attempts was 10, which he recorded against UCLA (Dec. 27, 2003).
Daniel Horton dished off a career-best 10 assists against Penn State. Horton's previous best was nine, which he recorded on two other occasions. The last time the junior guard had nine was against Oregon (March 30, 2004) in the Postseason NIT.
With 10 assists against the Nittany Lions, Daniel Horton reached and surpassed the 300-assist mark in his career. Horton currently holds 303 career assists, placing him 11th on Michigan's all-time list.
After shooting a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe against Penn State, John Andrews is 11-for-12 from the free throw line in his last four games. Andrews is currently shooting 73.0 percent (19-for-26) from the free throw line this season.
John Andrews has proved he is strong from the line late in the game, recording a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity within the final two minutes of play for the second time this season. Andrews also accomplished the feat in Michigan's clutch 65-63 road victory over Iowa (Jan. 5), hitting a perfect 4-for-4 with under one minute to play in regulation.
Dion Harris has played in 51 consecutive games for the Wolverines with 28 starts. The sophomore guard is the only player on the Michigan roster to start all 17 games this season.
Courtney Sims has played in 51 consecutive games for the Wolverines with 50 starts. Sims has started 16 games this season.
With one block against Penn State, Courtney Sims currently has 96 career blocks. The sophomore forward needs just one more block to reach seventh on Michigan's all-time blocks list. Robert Traylor (1995-98) currently holds the seven-spot with 97 career blocks.
After shooting 4-for-8 from the three-point line against Penn State, Ron Coleman bettered his previous career marks in three-point field goals and attempts. Coleman's previous bests were set when he shot 3-for-7 from long range against Fairfield (Jan. 8).
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Tommy Amaker
On the game ... "Well, mentioning the word 'guts,' that's what I just mentioned to our players in the locker room. That I just thought they did an incredible job of showing toughness and the guts to be able to fight through and pull this win out against a team that left it all out on the floor -- as we did as well -- and we fought for everything. There were some key players there with things not necessarily with scoring -- Graham (Brown) with double digits in rebounds, Daniel (Horton) with double digits in assists, and you think of a kid like Ron Coleman being a freshman player and really struggling for the majority of the game, but having the confidence. And I think his teammates had incredible confidence in him, and I thought that was the biggest thing. They still look for him, and boy did he have some big shots."
On the play of Ron Coleman ... "You try to comfort a kid like Ron. He's a great kid, he's on the road, and he's a little shell-shocked. A little nervous, things aren't going well, he shoots it over the basket. The crowd is on him every time he touches [the ball], they're yelling 'airball.' It's the first time he's going through that. So we're just trying to talk about having poise, about a team having passion in addition to poise, making sure we can shift gears with those two words. I thought Ron was able to do that. But I think his teammates, more than anything else, and the faith and the trust they continually have in him is what was the difference."
On having confidence throughout the game ... "We made some critical mistakes in various situations for this game. And we'll be able to look at that and hopefully grow from it and get better. But I think we have a feeling right now that we're going to win. I think there's a confidence within our team that we're going to make plays, we're going to make free throws. John Andrews stepped up and made some huge free throws, Graham Brown made a few free throws as well, Daniel made two late free throws. So I think everyone feels that we're going to get something good, and that's the faith that I think they're having with one another."
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