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Manny Harris was honored as an 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer All-Tournament selection. He was joined by Duke's Kyle Singlar (MVP) and Gerald Henderson, Southern Illinois' Kevin Dillard and UCLA's Darren Collison.
Manny Harris set a new 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer tournament record with 96 total points in the four-game event -- averaging 24.0 points per game. Harris had a career-best 30 points against Michigan Tech (Nov. 11), a game-high 26 against Northeastern (Nov. 12), 15 against UCLA and a game-high 25 against Duke. Harris broke the record set at last year's event by Memphis' Chris Douglas-Roberts, who had 92 points (23.0 ppg) in his four-games.
Manny Harris's game-high 25 points against Duke gives him four straight games scoring in double figures. In fact, he has three 20-plus point outputs out of the first four games this season and leads U-M with 24.0 points per game. He has now posted 32 double-figure scoring nights out of his 36-game U-M career.
For the second time this season, Manny Harris had 10-plus free throws in a game, finishing 11-for-12 against Duke. Earlier this season, Harris had a 13-for-14 performance from the charity stripe. He is shooting 87.2 percent (34-for-39) this season.
With his start against Duke, Manny Harris has now started 36 straight games and has not missed a start in his career.
Zack Gibson tied a career best with six rebounds. It marked the fourth time in his career he has accomplished the mark on the boards.
DeShawn Sims tallied his fourth straight double-figure scoring game of the season with his 10 points. Overall, he is second on the Wolverines with 14.3 points per game.
With six assists tonight, Kelvin Grady posted a season best for helpers this season. It is his third five-plus assist game.
For the fourth 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.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
On tonight's game... "If we would have made a couple of shots earlier, we would have made it a little better of a game in the second half. We can shoot the ball better than we are right now. We have a couple of guys in a funk and we just have to get them out of it. When we do that, I think you will see a better team than you saw in the second half."
On the team's shooting... "I thought we had really good looks. I like the confidence and things like that. People can focus so much on that. Give them credit. They are no slouches defensively. They are a good team and they showed it last night and (through) the whole tournament."
On the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer... "To play four games by November 21st and two top-five teams, well Duke is a top-10 team but plays like a top-5, and to be 3-1 at this point you have to be pleased. We have learned a lot about our guys. I am pleased at this point, but we have to get better, a lot better."
On his team throughout this tournament... "I know that they are eager to get better. I like the way in timeouts, even when we are harsh on them at times, they are eager to learn right now. I like the chemistry we have."
On Duke... "They are a tough matchup. They take advantage of playing really smart. I wish we could have played a little bit closer and played a little bit better and executed a little bit better."
On playing back-to-back games... "It is very tough timing. We walked out of here at midnight last night and we are playing a team so well coached, so many veteran players. There is not a whole lot we can do to prepare other than what we do at practice."
On playing Duke again in two weeks... "You like it when you have a home game all of the time, it is better than playing at Cameron I think. I don't know if it results in a win. Both teams will try to get better in the next two weeks. One is going to win, one is going to lose and one is going to feel better about themselves and one is going to move on and try to get better. There is not too much to it. I think we both are going to focus on what type of team we will have in January, February and March."