Notes & Quotes: Michigan 70, Northwestern 67 (OT)


The Wolverines are now 3-0 in overtime games this season, with two of the OT wins coming on the road.

Michigan's 70-67 overtime win at Northwestern is just the second road win of the season for the Maize and Blue. The Wolverines' only other road win this season is a 72-66 overtime win at Indiana (Jan. 7).

Michigan earned the series sweep at Northwestern, improving U-M's all-time record against the Wildcats to 102-53. The Wolverines have won their last three at Welsh-Ryan Arena and are now 43-32 all-time in Evanston.

After scoring only one point in the first half in nine minutes due to foul trouble, Manny Harris exploded in the second half and overtime with 25 points, giving him a game-high 26 points. That total was the 20th time this season he scored in double figures and the 11th game with 20-plus points. Overall it marked the 48th double-digit game of his career. He leads U-M with 17.5 points per game and is now 30 points away from becoming the sixth U-M sophomore to reach 1,000 career points.

For the seventh time this season Manny Harris had double-digit attempts from the free throw line, going 9-for-10. He leads the Wolverines with 85.7 percent shooting from the charity stripe (144-for-168).

Laval Lucas-Perry snapped his double-figure scoring drought at 10 games with his 10-point night at Northwestern. Lucas-Perry opened his season by scoring in double digits in his first six games.

In his fifth straight game as a starter, C.J. Lee reset his career best for minutes for the fifth straight game as he played 40 total minutes at Northwestern. Stu Douglass, who started for the 14th time, had a career-best 36 minutes against the Wildcats.

With his start at Northwestern, Manny Harris has now started all 58 games in his Michigan career. He is the only Wolverine on the roster who has started and played in every game of his career.


Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
Opening statement... "It was really a hard-fought game on both ends. This time of year, in February, you are looking at the calendar and trying to improve every day, but every opponent coming to Northwestern has had this same type of game the whole year. We were fortunate to just make enough, and get them to miss enough, to win."

On Manny Harris' second-half performance... "He was in foul trouble in the first half, that was the biggest difference. I thought he showed some great poise in knowing when was the time to go to the basket and when was the time to look for other options. We tried to go to him as much as we could down the stretch. Bill (Carmody) did a good job of double-teaming him when he got the ball late and denying him on our last play to him. I'm really proud of him."

On responding in overtime after Northwestern came back in regulation... "We have been there before. I mentioned (to the team) the Savannah State game where it looked like we were going to win the game. That is a hard thing but I said, 'We can do this.' You really make eye contact with your players at that time and say, 'We are all in this together and we are going to make this thing happen, but you are going to have to will it to happen. They are not going to go away, they want this as bad as you do. You just have to work your hardest, you don't know if you are going to out-work them, but work your hardest.'"

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