Michigan and Minnesota met for the 137th time in the all-time series. With tonight's win, the Wolverines increased their advantage to 76-62 (70-59*) all time against the Golden Gophers.
After trailing by nine at the half, Michigan rallied to defeat Minnesota by two points, 82-80. It is the second halftime deficit the Wolverines have overcome to win this season. Earlier this season, the Maize and Blue trailed by two against UW-Milwaukee on Nov. 15 but went on to win by seven, 66-59.
With the 82-80 comeback win, Michigan snapped a four-game losing streak.
With Michigan's 82 points against Minnesota, it marks the fourth time this season the Wolverines have scored 80-or-more points in a game.
Michigan finished the game shooting 57.8 percent from the field (26-for-45), marking the seventh time this season the Wolverines have shot more than 50 percent in a game from the field.
After hitting 8-for-14 from the charity stripe in the first half, U-M was strong from the foul line in the second, succeeding on 18-for-21 to finish the game 26-for-35. The 35 attempts tied a season-best for the Wolverines. Against the Gophers, Dion Harris led the Wolverines with 9-for-10 from the line.
By starting against Iowa, Courtney Sims and Ron Coleman extended their consecutive game streaks for the Wolverines. Both players have yet to miss a game in their respective careers; Sims has played in 123 straight, while Coleman has played in 89.
With his 27 points against Minnesota, Dion Harris set a new career best for points in a game. He topped the 25 points he had against Iowa on March 5, 2005. It also is the 18th career game with 20-or-more points.
Dion Harris' 27 points against Minnesota upped him to the 17th spot on Michigan's all-time scoring list. Harris, who now has 1,461 career tallies, surpassed Rumeal Robinson (1988-90, 1,446) Loy Vaught (1987-90, 1,451) and Phil Hubbard (1976-79, 1,455).
With his 27 points against Minnesota, Dion Harris recorded his seventh 20-plus point performance of the season. It also was his 16 double-digit scoring game this season. He has now led Michigan in scoring in 12 games this season.
With his eight field goals against Minnesota, Dion Harris matched a season-best. Harris has also reached that mark against Illinois on Jan. 3 and at N.C. State on Nov. 27. His career best is 10 field goals against Penn State on Feb. 23, 2005.
With his 18 points against Minnesota, Brent Petway posted a new career best single game performance and his seventh double-digit scoring performance of the season. Prior to the game against the Gophers, Petway had posted a season-best 14 points against UMBC on Nov 25. His previous career best was 16 point against Iowa on March 5, 2005.
With seven rebounds against Minnesota, Brent Petway hit the 500-mark for career boards, making him the 37th Wolverine in history to reach 500 career points and 500 career rebounds. Petway currently has 631 career points and exactly 500 career rebounds.
With his seven field goals against Minnesota, Brent Petway set a career-best for field goals in a game. He topped the six field goals he has had on six other occasions in his career.
Courtney Sims became just the second Wolverine to record 200 career blocks after swatting away one against Minnesota. He now has 200 total in his career. The only other Wolverine to have 200-plus career blocks is Michigan's all-time leader Roy Tarpley (1983-86).
With 11 points against the Golden Gophers, Lester Abram moved into 33rd on Michigan's all-time scoring list with 1,192 career tallies. Abram surpassed Rickey Green (1976-77), who finished his Wolverine career with 1,184.
With his six assists against Minnesota, Jerret Smith posted his fourth game of the season with five-or-more assists in a game. He had a season-best seven against Purdue on Jan. 20.
Jevohn Shepherd had a season-best five free throw attempts against Minnesota. He topped the four he had at Wisconsin on Jan. 24 and at Ohio State on Feb. 6.
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