Six Hundred in One, 12 Hundred in the Other
LaVell Blanchard became only the 13th Wolverine all-time to record 1,200 points and 600 rebounds in a career. Blanchard accomplished the marks with an 18-point, eight-rebound performance Saturday afternoon. Blanchard's 600th rebound came 12:14 of the first half, and the 1,200th point was scored at 10:44 in the second frame on a jumper from the right elbow.
18 for 26th
Junior LaVell Blanchard's 18-point performance against Penn State upped his career scoring total to 1,211 and moved him into a tie for 26th place on Michigan's all-time scoring list with Richard Rellford (1983-86). Blanchard is seven points away from tying Chris Webber (1992-93) at 1,218 for 25th place on the all-time scoring list.
Double Your Young
Senior Chris Young recorded the fourth point-rebound double-double of his career Saturday against Penn State. Playing in his 109th consecutive contest for the Maize and Blue, Young dropped in 14 points, 10 coming in the first half, on 6-of-10 shooting and pulled down 10 boards. Young pulled down an equal amount of rebounds at both ends of the floor as he had five off the offensive glass and five off the defensive window.
Get Your Hands Up
Chris Young tied a career high with three blocked shots in the win over Penn State. Young's three rejections increased his career total to 83, drawing him only seven swats away from Maurice Taylor (1995-97) for eight place all-time on Michigan's blocked shot list. Young last recorded three blocks earlier this season at Minnesota (Jan. 9).
500 on the Boards
Senior Chris Young corralled his 500th career rebound Saturday against the Nittany Lions. The milestone came at 7:12 in the first half as he pulled down his first rebound of the game. Young finished the game with 10 rebounds, bringing his career total to 509.
Matching Last Year's Win Totals
With the victory over Penn State Saturday afternoon, Michigan moved its season records to 10-11 overall and 5-6 in Big Ten play. With six regular-season games remaining, the Wolverines have already matched their overall win total from last season and they have surpassed last year's four Big Ten wins (4-12).
The victory over the Nittany Lions was the Wolverines' second of the season against Penn State. The Maize and Blue defeated Penn State 67-63 on Jan. 2 at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa. It was the first season sweep of the year for Michigan and second consecutive year that the Wolverines have swept a Big Ten opponent, as the Wolverines won both contests with Iowa last season.
Queen Stealing the Show
Avery Queen tallied a career-high four steals against the Nittany Lions Saturday afternoon. Queen's four steals surpassed his previous best of three, which he accomplished on two occasions, the last coming earlier this season against Purdue (Jan. 5).
For the first 3:30 of the game Saturday against Penn State, only one player from each team scored. Both Leon Jones and Sharif Chambliss had netted a triple and a two-point bucket, making the score 5-5. Tyler Smith ended the two player-scoring affair with a jumper at 16:30.
Four from the Floor
In the 65-58 victory over the Nittany Lions, four Wolverines scored in double digits, led by LaVell Blanchard's 18 points, 14 coming in the second half. Michigan's other double-digit scorers were Chris Young with 14, Bernard Robinson Jr. with 13 and Leon Jones with 10. It marked the ninth time this season the Maize and Blue had at least four players score in double figures.
Senior Herb Gibson started his third consecutive game at forward for the Wolverines. Gibson, playing 10 minutes, grabbed two rebounds, registered one assist, tallied one steal and recorded one blocked shot.
Freshman forward Chuck Bailey was in the starting lineup for the second time in his 21-game career. Bailey finished the game with two points on a clutch jumper from 12 feet out with 9:46 left in the game, tying the game at 46-46. Bailey has played in all 21 games during his freshman season.