N O T E S
Michigans 59-44 loss at Michigan State gives the Wolverines a 17-9 overall record (5-6 Big Ten).
Tonight's game marked the 160th meeting in the clash between intrastate rivals Michigan and Michigan State. It also marked the first of two meetings this year.
Despite tonights 59-44 loss, Michigan leads the all-time series with a 90-70 (83-67*) all-time record and posts a 26-44 (23-42*) record in games played in East Lansing. U-M is 6-12 (3-10*) all-time in games played at the Breslin Center.
Courtney Sims has not missed a game in his career, playing in 124 straight, while teammate Ron Coleman has played in 90 straight games for the Maize and Blue.
Courtney Sims four points at Michigan State moved him into 27th on Michigans all-time scoring list with 1,252 career tallies. Sims surpassed Eric Turner (1982-84), who finished his Wolverine career with 1,251 career points.
With 13 points against the Spartans, Dion Harris has reached double figures in nine of his last 12 games.
Dion Harris matched a season-best five rebounds at Michigan State. Harris also posted five boards at N.C. State Nov. 27.
Jevohn Shepherd matched a season-best two free throws at Michigan State. He has hit two from the charity stripe on two different occasions this season.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Tommy Amaker
On feeling like this game was there for the taking ... "Well, (I thought) it certainly was for both teams; knowing the nature of the game and the placement of the conference schedule right now and the season. Both of us have been struggling obviously and we knew how hard it was going to be, giving that they were on a four-game slide and they had the home game. So I thought there was great intensity in this basketball game and the physical nature of it, I thought, was the difference. You have to give them the nod in that category."
On the difference in MSUs offensive rebounding in the second half ... "Well, they did damage on the glass and I thought that we self-destructed with taking care of the basketball. I thought both teams were fighting and scratching and clawing; getting shot clock violations on both ends of the floor. But certainly we needed to value the ball and get quality shots at times when we needed it. Not being able to generate much on the interior and getting to the foul line just four times was certainly not the formula we need to have coming in here."
On needing to defend against Drew Neitzel and Raymar Morgan ... "We certainly felt that Neitzel was going to be very difficult to guard and obviously he carried them in the first half. I thought Morgan was an outstanding player this evening. I like to give him some credit but I thought we broke down in recognition and getting loose balls. He got offensive rebounds and I just thought that we broke down on some of our assignments that gave him opportunities to score."