With Michigan's 55-52 upset win over No. 4 UCLA, the Wolverines snapped a 12-game losing streak to nationally ranked opponents. The last win for U-M against a ranked opponent was a 58-55 win against No. 24 Indiana at Crisler Arena on Feb. 17, 2007. Michigan also improves its record to 15-10 at Madison Square Garden.
With the victory over UCLA, it marked the first win for the Wolverines against a top-five ranked opponent since the 1997-98 season when U-M beat No. 1 Duke 81-73 on Dec. 3, 1997, at Crisler Arena.
After snapping a four-game losing streak against UCLA with the win, Michigan is now 4-11 all-time against the Bruins. The last win for U-M was part of back-to-back wins against the Bruins at Crisler Arena (70-66, Dec. 27, 2007) and at Pauley Pavilion (81-76, Dec. 28, 2002).
Michigan used a 61.9-percent shooting percent (13-for-21) in the second half, including a 4-for-8 performance from long range to overcome a 10-point deficit early in the second half. Michigan shot 31.3 percent in the first half (10-for-31) and was 1-for-12 from long range.
DeShawn Sims led the Wolverines with a game-high 18 points, marking his third straight game he has scored in double figures. Overall, it marks his 29th career game posting double figures in the scoring column.
Manny Harris's 15 points against UCLA gives his three straight games scoring in double figures. He has now posted 31 double-figure scoring nights out of his 35-game U-M career.
With a final-second block of UCLA's Darren Collison three-point attempt, Manny Harris tied a career high with two total blocks against the Bruins. Harris first had two blocks against Iowa on March 13, 2008, at the Big Ten Tournament.
Stu Douglass scored a career-high 10 points against UCLA. It marked the first time in his career he has scored in double figures. En route to the career mark, Douglass drained two triples in the second half to help the Wolverines take the lead for the first time. In fact, eight of the 10 points came in the second half.
Anthony Wright tied a career best with four assists against UCLA. In fact, Wright's backdoor pass to DeShawn Sims for the dunk in the second half helped the Wolverines pull ahead for good in the upset win. Wright also had four helpers at Ohio State last season on Feb. 5, 2008.
For the third straight game, Michigan had David Merritt, Stu Douglass and Manny Harris starting on the perimeter and Anthony Wright and Zack Gibson starting in the front court.
With his start against UCLA, Manny Harris has now started 35 straight games and has not missed a start in his career.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
On tonight's game ... "UCLA plays great defense and that was November basketball. It could have been a record for charges taken by both teams, which is good for both defenses, but I'm sure Ben would like his guys to have taken care of the ball a little bit better. We'd like to be a little bit sharper. But it still is a fun game for our players and university, and all of our Michigan fans wherever they may be."
On getting an early-season win ... "Early-season wins are always terrific, but you have to really put them into perspective. It's certainly a resume-type game where if you end up playing well in your Big Ten season and you end up being in a situation in March where you're under consideration, this game is very valuable. It's great and it's great for our team, but we have another great opponent tomorrow and it will be another great measuring stick to see where we are."
On team's toughness ... "You have to be tough at this time of year, in November, because (the) timing of everything is off. No matter what we're doing or what UCLA is doing, timing is off and you have to be tough-minded during that time. You can't let a deficit get in the way; you can't also be in a situation where you're playing really well and let that get into the way. That's been a theme of ours all year long, just be tougher both mentally and physically. You can't do a lot about the physical part sometimes, but mentally I thought it was great how we just bounced back. Once again, UCLA guards you so well, so I'm very proud of the way we did that."
On team's 1-3-1 defense ... "You can change what you're doing all the time and try to keep the ball out of a guy like (Darren) Collison's hands. You don't know how teams are going to react sometimes. They missed some shots in the second half and we created some turnovers."
On moving on from tonight's win ... "I told them to enjoy it tonight and tomorrow we go back to work. Handling success is sometimes more difficult than handling defeat. We have to handle the success and be ready tomorrow. I gave them a time of 10:30, we just change over. We have another great opportunity tomorrow."
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