2005-06 BKM at Penn State -- Notes & Quotes


No. 21/20 Michigan's 71-65 win at Penn State maintains the Wolverines' tie atop the Big Ten leaderboard with a 6-2 conference record. U-M holds a 16-3 record overall.

The No. 21/20-ranked Wolverines extended their winning streak to five games with their 71-65 victory at Penn State. Michigan's win also extends a Nittany Lion losing streak as they have dropped four straight in Big Ten action.

No. 21/20 Michigan's win at Penn State extends a series winning streak with the Nittany Lions. The Wolverines have now won nine straight over Penn State.

No. 21/20 Michigan now has a 19-8 record overall in its all-time series with Penn State. Nine games were vacated due to NCAA sanctions, however, leaving the Wolverines with a 13-5 all-time advantage.

The No. 21/20-ranked Wolverines recorded a season-best 12 triples at Penn State, hitting 12-of-25 from beyond the arc. The primary contributor to Michigan's perimeter game was Dion Harris, who recorded seven triples against the Nittany Lions.

No. 21/20 Michigan's 12 team triples marked the first time the Wolverines recorded 10 three-point baskets or more since Jan. 28, 2004 against Iowa when U-M hit exactly 10 from beyond the arc.

Michigan's season-best 12 triples gave them a dramatic advantage over Penn State from long range. The Wolverines shot 12-of-25 from beyond the arc compared to the Nittany Lions' 5-of-18.

Lester Abram made his return to action in limited fashion, recording one basket in just two minutes of play.

With eight rebounds at Penn State, Graham Brown moves into 29th on Michigan's all-time rebounding list. Brown currently has 538 boards, breaking a tie with Mike McGee (1978-81, 530) and surpassing Campy Russell (1973-74, 531), Jimmy King (1992-95, 535) and Larry Tregoning (1963-65, 536).

Daniel Horton dished off a career-best 12 assists at Penn State for his fourth-career game reaching at least 10 assists.

Daniel Horton recorded his third-career double-double at Penn State, dishing off a career-best 12 assists while scoring 13 points.

With 13 points at Penn State, Daniel Horton moves to 21st on Michigan's all-time scoring list. Horton currently holds 1,343 career points, breaking a tie with Steve Grote (1974-77, 1,330) and surpassing Maceo Baston (1995-98, 1,340).

Daniel Horton continued to show his clutch play from the free throw line, extending his perfect streak from the charity stripe in Big Ten action. Horton is currently shooting a 40-of-40 from the foul line in conference play.

With four blocks at Penn State, Chris Hunter matches a career best set against Eastern Michigan (12-23-02).

With 23 points at Penn State, Dion Harris becomes the 40th Wolverine to reach 1,000 points in his career. Harris currently holds 1,015 career points, sitting 38th on Michigan's all-time list.

Dion Harris recorded a career-best seven triples at Penn State, hitting 7-of-11 from three-point range. Harris surpassed his previous best of six three-point baskets he has turned in on two different occasions, both coming against Iowa (3/5/05, 3/12/04).

Jerret Smith brought down a career-best four rebounds at Penn State, with his previous best coming against Purdue (3, Jan. 7).

Courtney Sims (84), Dion Harris (84) and Ron Coleman (50) have not missed a single game in their Wolverine careers with the trio holding 76, 59 and 29 starts respectively.


Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker
On what he said to his players after the win ... "I congratulated them on their effort. [In] that stretch there in the second half I thought we got that cushion that we needed and I thought we did it defensively. I mentioned to our team that we need to realize that every game in this conference is going to be an absolute bear. I was making that statement probably more so for the younger players -- the Jerret Smiths and Jevohn Sheperds -- those guys who haven't been through those things. But [winning is about] getting loose balls, all the little things that we have to do, especially when you're on the road. I was real proud of our guys because we knew this was going to be a tough game and I wasn't quite sure where we were mentally to be able to come in here and win this."

On the play of Daniel Horton and Dion Harris ... "I can't say enough about both of those kids. Daniel had seven assists at the half and I told him as we were warming up for the second half that it was probably going to be one of those nights where he could probably get 15. He didn't quite get 15, but he got 12, and he made some big shots. And then Dion, they really look for him. His confidence is there now. He shot the ball the last couple games very well and I think it's nice to see the ball going into the basket."

On Chris Hunter making the little things happen throughout the game ... "Chris, being a senior, you expect him to play that way in various tight situations that we had to go through here this evening. Those are winning plays. Little things like that. I was so disappointed we missed the front end of three 1-and-1s that could have really helped us. But, certainly, I thought Chris' play and the areas he was able to help us -- on the backboard, talking on the defensive end, challenging different shooters out there, helping the guys out on screens -- allowed us to come out with a victory."

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