N O T E S
Michigan's 90-71 loss to No. 16 Michigan State gives the Wolverines a 17-7 overall with a 7-6 record in Big Ten Conference action.
Michigan's 90-71 loss to No. 16 Michigan State gives the Wolverines a 90-69 overall record against the Spartans. After NCAA sanctions, U-M holds an 83-66 record all time.
Michigan had four players in double digits: Daniel Horton (19), Graham Brown (15), Courtney Sims (15) and Brent Petway (10).
Michigan saw the return of Dion Harris and Jerret Smith from injury and illness. Harris has missed the last two games with an ankle injury while Smith has missed the last four games with mononucleosis.
Chris Hunter left the game with a knee injury early in the first half and did not return.
Graham Brown's 15 points on perfect 7-of-7 shooting at Michigan State marked a career best. Brown recorded his previous best of 14 points on three different occasions.
Graham Brown's seven made field goals at Michigan State marks a career best. His previous best was six recorded on two different occasions.
Daniel Horton recorded two blocks to match a career best. He has had two blocks on five different occasions.
Dion Harris put up two points to jump up one spot on Michigan's all-time scoring list. He surpassed George Lee (1,043, 1957-59) to take 35th.
Courtney Sims and Ron Coleman have not missed a game for the Wolverines. Sims has played in 89 straight games with 79 starts while Coleman has played in 55 games with 34 starts.
Q U O T E S
Michigan coach Tommy Amaker
Opening statement ... "I thought that it was a very intense basketball game and I congratulate Michigan State. After coming off a tough stretch it was an important game for them, as it was for us, and the intensity shown today proved how important it was. A big difference that I noticed was Michigan State's ability to make their jump shots. I thought Shannon [Brown] played excellent and Maurice [Ager] played tremendous as well. I give them a lot of credit."
On Ager and Brown ... "I'm not sure you can stop them. I don't think anyone has really stopped them yet this year. Sometimes you can catch them on their off-days, but then they have their good days too, and today was a good day for them."
On starting off strong ... "I thought we came out playing very strong, but then we slowed down. I thought that we defended pretty well, but it's hard when you go against three good players and I thought Drew [Neitzel] played very well today. Sometimes I don't think he gets enough credit, but I really liked his floor play today. Michigan State is a good team and they played well today."
U-M Senior Guard Daniel Horton
On the rebounding ... "We had a couple breakdowns, there's going to be breakdowns in games. You have to give them credit, they made a lot of shots with hands in their faces; Step-back jumpers and threes, they made everything. I think we maybe could have done a better job, but they did make tough shots. You have to give them credit, they have good individual players and they made plays tonight."
On how tough Shannon Brown and Maurice Ager were to defend ... "You can tell they had an emphasis on getting those guys going because last game we kind of neutralized them a little bit and that hurt them. Today you could tell they wanted to get those guys going and Paul Davis going."
On the quick turnaround to playing Illinois ... "I like that. Especially after the loss you kind of want to get the taste out of your mouth, so you we have to practice tomorrow and get ready to play on Tuesday."