N O T E S
With tonight's loss, Michigan holds a 70-88 (63-83*) all-time record against Ohio State. The Wolverines are now 27-50 (23-49*) in games played in Columbus against the Buckeyes.
Tonight's game was 156th meeting between Michigan and Ohio State.
No. 3/3 Ohio State was the third ranked opponent U-M has faced this season. The Wolverines have dropped decisions at both No. 2/3 Wisconsin and 1/1 UCLA.
Courtney Sims has not missed a game in his career, playing in 122 straight contests, while Ron Coleman has played in 88 straight games for the Maize and Blue. Sims moves into a tie with Roy Tarpley (1983-86) on the 100-career game list. Sims also moves into a tie with Bernard Robinson Jr. (2001-04) with 104 career starts.
Recording 17 points against the Buckeyes, Sims now moves into No. 28 on the All-Time Scorers list with 1,240 points.
With 14 points on 7-for-10 shooting, Ekpe Udoh set a new career-high, topping his 11-point effort against Harvard earlier in the season. His 10 attempts and seven field goals are also new career highs.
Recording two blocks against the Buckeyes, Udoh has now recorded a block in each of his past five contests. He currently leads the team with 51 blocks on the season.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Tommy Amaker
On the Wolverines' valiant play against Ohio State ... "We just talked about effort and competitiveness to our guys in the lockerroom. We thought we had those two elements to our performance here tonight. We also felt we didn't do enough of the little things that sometimes that don't come up in stat sheets. We didn't get those plays you have to make to be able to go on the road and beat an opponent like Ohio State who is nationally ranked as high as they are. Certainly, we have some good things to work with for the remainder of this week and get ready for our next game. We are sorely disappointed we couldn't pull this one out because we felt we came here with a purpose and a game plan to win this game."
On Ohio State taking advantage in rebounding and making long range shots... "That is the one thing we didn't do so well. We didn't block out. You give them credit for having the tenacity to get on the offensive glass. I am equally disappointed in our tenacity to keep them off the glass. They made some timely three's. We didn't shoot the ball particularly well from the foul line. We cut it to four, had a chance to be at the line with two shots and we missed both of them. That really hurt us. There isn't a lot of margin of error for us. Again, there are certainly some positives we can take away from this game, but we are clearly disappointed in our effort to keep them off the backboard."
On the play of Dion Harris ... "I thought he played as hard as he possibly could. He controlled our team. He scored at times. We didn't get that much out of our two wing players. I thought Ronnie (Coleman) and Lester (Abram) could have helped us a little more and that didn't happen. It put a lot of pressure on Dion. With him playing a majority of the game and having to defend those kids on the other end of the floor, he had to do a lot and he did a lot for us. He certainly needed some help tonight."
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