2005-06 BKM at Minnesota -- Notes & Quotes


Michigan's 71-55 victory over Minnesota marks the first win at Williams Arena for the Maize and Blue since Jan. 20, 1993. The win also breaks a three-game series losing streak for the Wolverines.

With their 71-55 win over the Golden Gophers, the Wolverines take their first road victory of the season in Big Ten Conference Action. They move to 13-3 on the season with a 3-2 record in Conference play.

With Saturday's win, Michigan has a 74-61 overall record against Minnesota. After NCAA sanctions, however, the Wolverines hold a 68-57 all-time record against the Gophers.

Michigan won the three-point battle at Minnesota, matching their season best of nine triples in Saturday's game compared to the Gophers' three from beyond the arc. Daniel Horton (6) and Dion Harris (3) combined for that mark for the Maize and Blue.

With 32 points at Minnesota, Daniel Horton moves into 23rd on Michigan's all-time scoring leaderboard. Horton's 1,293 career tallies pushed him ahead of Ray Jackson (1992-95) and Maurice Taylor (1995-97) who each finished their Wolverine careers with 1,262 points.

Daniel Horton scored a career-best 32 points at Minnesota, turning in his second-career 30-point performance. With his two career 30-point performances, Horton becomes the 21st Michigan player to have at least two games with 30 points or more.

Daniel Horton became the 11th player in Wolverine history to go perfect from the free throw line (min. 10 attempts) after hitting a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe at Minnesota.

Dion Harris and Courtney Sims have each played in 81 straight games for the Wolverines, earning 56 and 73 career starts respectively. Ron Coleman has also played in 47 consecutive games, appearing in every game in his U-M career.


Michigan coach Tommy Amaker
On the game ... "I thought it was an incredible team effort from start to finish, but I really was impressed with the last 20 minutes in the second half, and I mentioned to our kids that I felt like they did it. They did it in the locker room; they were disappointed in how we were able to finish the first half. They had some outstanding performances this evening, but it was so much of a team effort. I thought Minnesota did such a good job on the backboard, and we were having trouble keeping them off the glass. But nonetheless, some of our players stepped up in a grand fashion this evening."

On the backcourt of Daniel Horton and Dion Harris ... "I really felt they had a swagger about their game tonight the way they played. Shots were falling for them, but they did so many other things and the confidence was there. I think that's a huge thing for our team is to have a swagger and a confidence, and when those guys have it our team has it."

On the defense against Vincent Greer ... "It was [a group effort]: Jerret Smith, Ron Coleman, Dion [Harris], Daniel [Horton], Lester [Abram], and we played some zone, so that obviously plugs in our big guys there as well. That limited Greer's opportunities as well to slash and knife to the basket. I thought it was a really great team effort defensively, that we needed that against those very talented perimeter players."

On beating Minnesota the way they did ... "Well, we were very pleased with the effort and we just found out that we haven't had many wins here in a number of years. So for this team to do that; for these seniors to make that accomplishment in the form and the fashion in which they did it, I'm very pleased and proud of it."

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