2006-07 BKM at Florida State -- Notes & Quotes


With the 87-66 loss at Florida State in the second round of the Postseason NIT, Michigan was eliminated from the national tournament. It was the ninth (eighth*) overall appearance for the Wolverines in the NIT.

Michigan closes its 2006-07 season with a 22-13 overall record. The 20-plus wins are the third 20-win season for U-M coach Tommy Amaker in the last four seasons and the second straight for the Maize and Blue.

With Michigan's loss at Florida State, Michigan said farewell to seniors Lester Abram, Dion Harris, Brent Petway and Courtney Sims.

With the loss at Florida State, Michigan is now 25-7 (20-7*) all-time in the Postseason NIT. The Wolverines are now 1-1 (0-1*) against the Seminoles in the postseason tournament.

With the loss at Florida State, Michigan is now 1-5 (0-5*) all-time in Postseason NIT games on the road. The Wolverines are a perfect 16-0 (14-0*) in NIT games plated at Crisler Arena.

By playing at Florida State in the second round of the Postseason NIT, Courtney Sims closed his career playing in 133 consecutive games for Michigan. He was just two games away from tying the all-time record of career games played held by Loy Vaught (135, 1986-90).

In addition to Courtney Sims' consecutive game streak, by playing at Florida State, junior Ron Coleman extended his streak as he is now at 99. He needs to play in just one more game to become the 53rd Wolverine in history to reach 100 in a career.

With his 15 points at Florida State, Dion Harris posted his 24 double-digit performance of the season. He closed his career with 86 double figure games in 131 career games. He tallied 1,599 career points, which ranks him 13th all-time at U-M.

With his 14 points at Florida State, Lester Abram posted his 16th double digit performance of the season. He closed his career with 66 double figure games in 120 career games. He tallied 1,274 career points, which ranks him 26th all-time at U-M.

After going 7-for-8 from the free throw line, Lester Abram moved into No. 10 all-time for free throws made in a career with 345. He is second all-time for free throw percentage at 82.93.

With one block at Florida State, Courtney Sims closed his career with 213 career blocks, putting in the No. 2 spot all-time at U-M. He is just the second Wolverine in history to post 200-plus blocks in a career.

With one block at Florida State, Brent Petway closed his career with 146 career blocks, putting him No. 5 all-time at U-M.

With two blocks at Florida State, Ekpe Udoh closed the season with a team-best 67 total blocks on the season. That total is the seventh best season tally in the program's history. He closed his first season with22 multi-block games.

David Merritt played in his second straight game for the Wolverines at Florida State. He played in a career-best 16 minutes and scored his first career points with five against the Seminoles. He added his first career rebounds (2) and steal (1). It was just the fourth career game for the walk-on.

Kendric Price saw game action for his second straight game and just the eighth on the season.


Michigan coach Tommy Amaker

On game and the U-M turnovers ... "Their athleticism, quickness and speed were certainly the difference. It caused us to cough up the ball. We weren't as tough as you would like to think we should be and need to be in a situation like this. That was definitely the key. We didn't handle their pressure. We got off to a good start and I think they turned it up and went to another gear and really knocked us on our heels. We looked like we were treading water for a long time there. The turnovers C the jail breaks as we like to call them C and the transition they were able to get on us, we were not able to overcome that."

On what he said to the team following the game ... "I told our seniors how much we appreciated what they have done for us. I addressed those kids and I wanted to let them know what we felt as a coaching staff and what they have given us. It was a tough thing to play your last game and to play it in a fashion such as this when it was a loss on the road. We wanted to thank them for their time at Michigan and what they were able to do for our program. We need to start getting ready to get better for our next season. We have a lot of work on."

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