2005-06 BKM at Purdue -- Notes & Quotes


With Michigan's loss at Purdue, the No. 22-ranked Wolverines fall to 16-6 on the season with a 6-5 record in Big Ten action.

No. 22 Michigan's loss at Purdue gives the Wolverines a 54-72 all-time record against the Boilermakers. Without vacated games due to sanctions, U-M holds a 59-77 overall record against Purdue.

No. 22 Michigan played their first-ever game without Dion Harris, who did not travel with the team due to an ankle injury suffered against Ohio State (Feb. 9). This is the first game Harris has missed in his collegiate career, playing in 86 consecutive games with 61 starts leading up to today's contest.

No. 22 Michigan played without two starters and one key player off the bench at Purdue. The Wolverines played in their fifth-straight game without Lester Abram, who suffered an ankle injury at Minnesota (Jan. 21), their fourth-straight game without Jerret Smith, who is out indefinitely with mononucleosis, and their first game without Dion Harris, who is out due to an ankle injury.

Hayes Grooms played in a career-best 28 minutes at Purdue. He recorded four points on a career-best 4-of-5 from the charity stripe with three assists and two steals.

Sherrod Harrell matched a career best two free throws at Purdue, hitting 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.

Chris Hunter recorded a season-best 16 points at Purdue care of 6-of-15 from the floor with a career-best-tying three triples. Hunter has recorded 15 points three times this season.

Chris Hunter recorded a career-best-tying three triples at Purdue, matching the three he put up against Miami (Ohio) (Dec. 22). Hunter now has 12 three-point baskets on the season for the highest season total of his career.

Courtney Sims matched a career-best two assists at Purdue. Sims has dished off two assists on 11 other occasions, with his last coming at Minnesota (Jan. 21). The two assists also push him over the 50-assist mark as he now holds 51.

Courtney Sims and Ron Coleman have not missed a game in their Wolverine careers. Sims has played in 87 straight games with 79 starts while Coleman has played in 53 straight games with 32 starts.

Ron Coleman recorded a career-best-tying 18 points at Purdue on 6-of-12 shooting with a career-best-tying four triples. The last time Coleman recorded 18 tallies was against Fairfield (1/8/05).

Ron Coleman matched a career best with four triples at Purdue, going 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. Coleman has hit four triples on three other occasions, with his most recent coming against Penn State (Feb. 23).

Jevohn Shepherd made his first collegiate start at Purdue, filling in for the injured Dion Harris. Against the Boilermakers, Shepherd recorded a career-best nine points on 2-of-6 shooting with his third-career triple.

Jevohn Shepherd brought down a career-best six rebounds at Purdue, surpassing his previous best of five recorded against Chicago State (Dec. 31).

Jevohn Shepherd recorded a career-best four free throws from the charity stripe, finishing the game 4-of-5 from the foul line. Prior to today's game, Shepherd had recorded four other free throws -- all on separate occasions.

Jevohn Shepherd played in a career-best 25 minutes at Purdue, surpassing his previous best of 22 minutes at Indiana (Jan. 3).


Michigan coach Tommy Amaker
On the difficulty of the loss ... "We certainly dug ourselves a big hole. I thought they brought a great deal of energy and knocked us on our heels right away. We didn't respond very well, but, nonetheless, I thought we found some things here. Even in the late stages of this game about some guys who are going to compete. I can't say enough about that for the effort Hayes Grooms displayed, Jevohn Shepherd, some guys that haven't really played that much for us gave some gallant efforts. But nonetheless, disappointed in some of the ways our upperclassmen -- our big guns -- are supposed to play. They didn't show up for us."

On whether he called timeout early in the second half to find the guys who will give effort ... "No question, and those are the guys who are going to play. I wasn't going to back down from that. I was pleased with some of the guys who don't really play a lot of minutes for us really competed hard for that uniform and that jersey. Sometimes you can get into a funk and you can hang your head and feel sorry for yourselves, and I thought we had a little bit of that with some of our players but the other kids, I thought, did a nice job of trying to make us competitive in this game."

On the difficulty of digging out of an early hole on the road ... "It's impossible. That's where you're hopeful that, with seniors and upperclassmen and older players, that those things wouldn't seep in or creep into your program anymore. And, again, it shows you that, with players being out and the psyche of players right now, we need to get tougher. There's no question about it."

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