N O T E S
The loss to Ohio State tonight gives the Buckeyes the season series sweep. OSU won 65-58 at Crisler Arena just 11 days ago on Jan. 17. U-M is now 71-91 all-time against Ohio State.
Zack Novak received a flagrant foul with 1:25 remaining in the game and was automatically ejected from the game. John Beilein also received a technical foul in the first half -- his first of the season and his second at U-M.
With his team-high 22 point effort, Manny Harris posted his ninth 20-plus point game of the season. The 22 points snapped his two-game streak of not scoring in double digits. He has scored in double figures in 17 games this season and 45 in his career. He now has 889 career points at U-M and leads the squad with 17.8 points per game.
For the second straight game, Manny Harris closed with a team-best 12 rebounds, helping him to his sixth double-figure rebound game of the season. With his effort, Harris is now tied with DeShawn Sims for the team lead with 7.8 rebounds a game. Overall, he now has 299 rebounds in his career.
With the 22 points and 12 rebounds, Manny Harris posted his sixth double-double of the season. It marks the fifth for points and rebounds. He has now taken over the team lead in double-dips, overtaking DeShawn Sims, who has five this season.
Manny Harris' 10-of-11 performance at the free-throw line marks the fourth time this season he has reached double digits in free throws made. He is shooting 87.9 percent (117-for-133) on the season.
For the second time this season and the fourth time in his career, Manny Harris tied a career best with four steals. He now has 70 in his career.
DeShawn Sims scored 13 points to earn the 20th game this season scoring in double figures and the 46th in his career. Sims, who now has 837 career points, is averaging 15.8 points per game this season.
Manny Harris has started all 53 games in his Michigan career. In addition, classmate Kelvin Grady started his seventh straight contest, giving him 53 straight games played for the Wolverines. Grady has 30 career starts.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
On the game... "Ohio State came out very early and set a tremendous tone for how they were going to play. We had trouble with turnovers early. If you don't know, we are one of the leaders in the country in not turning the ball over. It sort of set a tone early for us. Both teams combined were 1-for-17 at halftime from three, and two of our starters sat on the bench for most of the first half with foul trouble. Add those things together and, though we fought hard and I was really proud with how we played in the second half, the first half was a bit of a death sentence to us."
On the slow start... "They played tremendous defense. At Indiana we got some great shots and couldn't make them. We didn't get many good shots today and we turned the ball over. We had 11 turnovers at halftime; that is our average (per game). You just can't do that on the road. You have to take care of the ball. Part of it was their defense, but most of it was unforced errors, hurrying. It was just a bad day handling the ball."
On the play that led to Zack Novak's ejection... "I have to watch it on film, what exactly happened, before I make any comment on it. But I think it was a box-out with elbows high and we'll see. If it was overly aggressive then we will learn a valuable lesson."
On facing Ohio State's pressure... "In the league, Ohio State is one of the few (teams) that will press. There are not many pressing teams anymore because you can give up the three if you are not good at it. When we have attacked full-court pressure, we've been good at it and we were very good in the second half. Manny (Harris), who has been doing a great job of taking care of the ball, had a tough day handling the ball. Some of those were unforced and some of them we threw right to Ohio State."