PARK RIDGE, Ill. C After helping the University of Michigan men's basketball team to an undefeated, 5-0 start to the 2006-07 season, senior center Courtney Sims (Boston, Mass./Noble & Greenough School) was honored as the Big Ten Conference Co-Player of the Week, along with Michigan State's Drew Neitzel. The conference accolade is the second in Sims' career after earning his first career award last season on Dec. 12, 2005.
After playing five games in an eight-day stretch, Sims helped the Wolverines get off to a 5-0 start for the second straight season. During the past week of play, Sims averaged 19.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 steals per game, and was a dominant presence in the post, shooting 78.9 percent during the two-game stretch (15-for-19).
To open the week against UW-Milwaukee (Nov. 15), in the host-vs.-host finale of the John Thompson Challenge, Sims scored a season-best 26 points, going 10-for-13 from the field, and grabbing 10 rebounds, which gave him his first double-double of the season and 10th of his career. More importantly, Sims was a force in the second half of the hard-fought battle, scoring 20 points in the second period to help the Wolverines overcome a halftime deficit and win their fourth straight game of the season, 66-59.
Ending the week with their fifth game in eight days, Sims and the Wolverines hosted Harvard at Crisler Arena and walked away with an 82-50 win. In the game, Sims scored 12 points, shooting 5-for-6 from the field with six rebounds, two blocks and two steals in 25 minutes of action. Early in the first half, Sims hit a free throw at 19:12 to make him the 41st Wolverine to record 1,000 career points. In addition to his offensive output, Sims was instrumental in shutting down Harvard's leading scorer, Brian Cusworth, holding him to just six points in the game.
Through five games this season, Sims leads the Wolverines with 16.6 points a game, while averaging a career-best 6.4 rebounds per game. He is shooting 73.8 percent from the field (31-for-42) and 72.4 percent from the free throw line (21-for-29). Sims also has six blocks and four steals.
The Wolverines play the Youngstown State Penguins on Wednesday (Nov. 22) at Crisler Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Maize and Blue will close out the week against Maryland-Baltimore County on Saturday (Nov. 25). Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m., and the game will be part of an ESPN-360 internet broadcast.
Big Ten Release (11/20/06)
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