Today's game against Purdue was a "Maize Out." Michigan fans filled the Crisler Arena stands while wearing maize clothing. It is the first of two scheduled promotions on the season, as Michigan's game against Michigan State (Feb. 27 or 28) will also be a "Maize Out."
Today's game is the second meeting between Michigan and Purdue in eight days. The Wolverines and Boilermakers split the season series, with Purdue winning in West Lafayette, Ind. (67-53, Jan. 13) and the Maize and Blue winning today (71-55, Jan. 20).
With the 71-55 win over Purdue, Michigan extended the Boilermakers' losing streak on the road. Purdue has lost its last 29 games on opponents' floors. Michigan is 60-78 all-time (55-73* NCAA sanction) against the Purdue.
Michigan held Purdue to 55 points, which was a season low for the Boilermakers. It was the 14th game of the season that Michigan held its opponent to 60 or fewer points. Michigan is 14-0 this season when holding its opponents to less than 60 points.
With Purdue scoring 23 points in the first half against Michigan, the Wolverines have now held opponents to less than 25 points in the first half 10 times this season.
Michigan improved to 14-1 at Crisler Arena this season. The Wolverines were 11-1 in the non-conference season and are now 3-0 in Big Ten play while playing in Ann Arbor.
Nineteen of Michigan's 24 field goals came off assists as six Wolverines posted at least one assist. Jerret Smith led the Wolverines with seven dimes, which is a season high. It marks the second straight game the Wolverines have made 24 field goals and had 19 assists.
With 14 offensive rebounds against Purdue, Michigan has posted 10 or more offensive boards in 18 of 20 games this season. On the season, the Wolverines are averaging 12.35 offensive rebounds a game.
By starting against Purdue, Courtney Sims and Ron Coleman extended their consecutive game streaks for the Wolverines. Both players have yet to miss a game in their respective careers; Sims has played in 118 straight, while Coleman has played in 84.
By starting against Purdue, Courtney Sims became the 16th Michigan player to start 100 career games. He is ranked No. 16 all-time with exactly 100.
For the 18th game this season Michigan started Dion Harris, Ron Coleman and Lester Abram in the backcourt, while Brent Petway and Courtney Sims started in the frontcourt.
With a three-pointer at the 18:07 mark of the first half, Dion Harris took over the No. 2 all-time spot for three-point field goals in a career, breaking a tie for second with former teammate Daniel Horton (233, 2003-06). Harris now has 238 triples in his career.
With his second assist at the 15:34 mark of the first half, Dion Harris moved into Michigan's all-time top 10 for career assists. He finished the game with five assists, which puts him at the No. 10 spot with 357 assists. Former Wolverine Jimmy King (1992-95) was 10th all-time with 354 career assists.
With his second rebound at the 9:42 mark of the first half, Courtney Sims moved into Michigan's all-time top 20 for career rebounds. He finished the game with three rebounds, putting him in the No. 20 spot with 633. Sims' former teammate Graham Brown (2003-06) was 20th with 632 career rebounds.
With his 21 points against Purdue, Dion Harris posted his sixth 20-plus point performance -- and 13th double-digit performance -- of the season. It is also his fifth double-digit total in the last six games. He leads the Wolverines with 13.4 points a game.
With his 12 points against Purdue, Lester Abram posted his ninth double-digit performance of the season and has now scored in double figures in back-to-back games.
With his 10 points against the Boilermakers, Brent Petway posted his sixth double-digit performance of the season. Petway went 5-for-6 from the field, with four of his five field goals coming off dunks. He now has 127 career dunks of his 251 career field goals (50.5 percent).
Jerret Smith posted career bests of 11 points and six rebounds against Purdue. His previous best scoring output was nine points, which he had last game against Penn State (Jan. 17) and against Illinois (Feb. 21, 2006). His previous rebounding high was five against Army (Dec. 28) and Davidson (Nov. 11).
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