2003-04 BKM at Minnesota -- Notes & Quotes


The starting lineup for Michigan was Daniel Horton, Lester Abram, Bernard Robinson Jr., J.C. Mathis and Courtney Sims.

The Wolverines drop to 66-55 in the all-time series against Minnesota, including a 23-37 mark at Williams Arena. It is Minnesota's seventh win in the last 11 meetings against Michigan.

With three blocks against Minnesota, the Wolverines surpassed last year's total of 104 blocks.

Michigan has had seven games with four or more players scoring in double digits. The last time the Wolverines had five players with 10 or more points was during a home victory against Iowa on Jan. 28. The loss is Michigan's first this season when having a quintet of double-digit scorers (7-1).

The Wolverines won the rebounding battle against Minnesota, 39-38. It is the 13th game this season that U-M has won the battle of the boards. Michigan is 10-3 in those games.

Michigan has pulled down 10 or more offensive rebounds in eight straight games, as U-M grabbed 13 against the Gophers.

The Wolverines are 13-2 when leading at halftime.

Michigan drops to 3-4 in its blue uniforms.

The Minnesota loss is Michigan's first this season when scoring more than 70 points in a game (7-1).

The Wolverines fall to 10-5 when winning the opening tip and 11-4 when scoring first.

Bernard Robinson Jr. made his 90th career start.

With 14 points tonight, Bernard Robinson Jr. has scored double figures in 16 of 20 games this season. He has hit for double figures in 82 of 106 career games at Michigan.

With two steals against Minnesota, Bernard Robinson Jr. extended his current swipe streak to 20 consecutive games.

With 15 points tonight, Daniel Horton surpassed the 700-point mark for his career (702). He also collected his 80th career steal.

Daniel Horton collected five assists tonight and now has 200 for his career.

Daniel Horton finished with three steals and has had at least one swipe in 18 of 20 games this season.

With a team-high 15 points, Lester Abram has scored in double figures in 13 of 20 games this season and 29 of 50 career contests. Abram also surpassed the 300-point mark for his Big Ten career (302).

With five rebounds, Lester Abram surpassed the 200-mark for his career (202).

Courtney Sims was held without a block for the third time in 20 games this season.

J.C. Mathis earned his first career start at Michigan.

Graham Brown collected his 10th career block and pulled down his 100th career Big Ten rebound against Minnesota. Brown also matched a career high with three steals.

Daniel Horton, Graham Brown and Lester Abram all suited up for their 50th career game at Michigan.


Michigan Head Coach Tommy Amaker
On the second half ... "We certainly were trying to guard against a letdown. We had not been a great team starting out the second half and we really talked about that. We knew they were going to give one last gallant effort at trying to win the game. They came right out of the blocks and put us on our heels. The entire second half was a dog fight. We were knocked on our heels right away and we couldn't overcome that. I'm very disappointed on how we weren't able to finish this game out. I wish I had the words to say how disappointed we are as a basketball team for not being able to come away with a victory tonight."

On the positives in the game ... "I thought we played some really solid minutes in the first half. Bernard (Robinson Jr.) got into some foul trouble early in the second half. We weren't very smart in some situations and we turned the ball over too much. The beginning of the second half was the difference in the game and they scored very easily against our defense."

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