Notes & Quotes: Michigan 83, Norfolk State 49

After starting the game 0-for-10 from the field, Michigan made 32 of its last 61 shots (.525 shooting percentage).

U-M recorded 53 rebounds in the game. The last time the Wolverines recorded 50 or more rebounds was April 1, 2004, against Rutgers in the NIT championship game when they grabbed 50.

Jevohn Shepherd came off the bench to tie a career high with 11 points. He previously scored 11 points against Iowa (Jan. 19, 2008). Overall, it marked the fourth time Shepherd has scored in double figures in his U-M career.

With his 16 points and 15 rebounds, Manny Harris secured his second double-double of the season. Along the way, he set a new career best for rebounds, topping the 10 he had against Northeastern (Nov. 12), which was part of his first career double-double (26 points).

Manny Harris grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds to mark the first time a Wolverine had 15 or more in game since Courtney Sims (2004-07) pulled down 15 boards against Ohio State on Feb. 9, 2006, three seasons ago.

With 15 points tonight, Manny Harris improved his double-figure scoring streak to five straight games. DeShawn Sims' 11 points also give him double-digit scoring in all five games this season.

Anthony Wright scored in double figures for the first time this season with 12 points. It marked the seventh time in his career he has hit double digits. After getting off to a 0-for-5 start from the field, he went 4-for-5 down the stretch, including two three-pointers.

For the first time in his career, Zack Novak scored in double figures with his 10 points. In fact, he hit the double-digit mark in the first half after going 4-for-5 from the field, including two long-range buckets.

Ben Cronin came off the bench in the first half, marking just the second game he has played this season. In his four minutes in the first half, he had his first collegiate block, two points and two rebounds. In the second half, he scored four more points to reach a career-high six points.

Passing out five assists tonight, Kelvin Grady made it back-to-back games with five or more assists in a game. It marked his fourth career game with five or more helpers.

Manny Harris has now started 37 straight games and has not missed a start in his career. In addition, fellow classmate Kelvin Grady came off the bench to play in his 37th straight game.

For the fifth 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.

Michigan's 83 points marked the first time the Maize and Blue scored 80 or more since February 17, 2008, an 80-70 victory over Ohio State.

Manny Harris (16), Anthony Wright (12), DeShawn Sims (11), Jevohn Shepherd (11) and Zack Novak (10) gave U-M five double-digits scorers in a contest for the first time since December 12, 2007, against Oakland.

The Wolverines recorded 21 assists to mark the first time Michigan has recorded 20 or more assists since January 12, 2008, against Northwestern.

Michigan's 32 field goals mark the first time the Maize and Blue has recorded more than 30 field goals in a game since December 12, 2007, against Oakland.


Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
Opening statement... "I was really happy with our defense tonight. Corey Lyons and Michael DeLoach, one was averaging 25 points a game and the other had six three's in one game, so to hold them to 49 points was an accomplishment. We rebounded the ball and we did a lot of things that you have to be able to do in order to stop their attack. They got some offensive rebounds at the end but other than that they didn't get any, so we'll take that. When Manny (Harris) can get 10 offensive rebounds, that's the greatest fast break you can get, just get it and go. Everybody has to run at his speed, which is pretty dang fast."

On the offensive game tonight... "Our offensive transition game was terrific tonight. We were able to score some easy baskets and that's important. We still haven't shot the ball well yet from the outside and our shot selection still has to be tweaked a little bit, but I was pleased that we could get easy baskets if we run. We do want to run. We do a lot of half-court stuff, but we want to run on every rebound and every turnover full speed."

On the slow start to the game... "I don't know. I thought that time we had wide-open looks and we didn't execute. We missed badly, 0-for-10 they told me, so that's not good. We have to continue to work on that. We'll have to wait and see if it lingers in Big Ten play and either change lineups, pre-game routine, change something. We'll have to play through it."

On Zack Gibson's injury... "He fell right on his tailbone on the little step across move under the basket. He just fell right on it. He tried to give it a go and he was really in a lot of pain. Usually a tailbone bruise is a matter of a few days we hope, so we have to treat it with ice right now. If it had been a closer game, I think that we could have done a few more things with him, but it as a shame he got hurt, he was having a good night."

U-M Freshman Guard Zack Novak
On his career night... "It felt good to get things going early. I hit my first few shots and it felt like it got the team rolling and gave them some energy off the bench. Early on in the season I was a little too passive and coach was telling me to be aggressive. Tonight, I made a point to go to the basket strong a bit more, shoot if I am open and pass if I'm not."

U-M Senior Forward Jevohn Shepherd
On the team's rebounding success... "Knowing that we are a smaller team there is a mindset that we know that we are going to have to box out and crash the boards hard. Guys are doing that and we see results. Coming into the season we knew we were going to have to focus on it because we are a smaller team. It is everything, technique, muscle, it is everything. Coming from New York where we faced some stronger teams we knew we needed to focus on that, so it's been a lot of drills and a lot of bodies slamming together."

U-M Sophomore Guard Manny Harris
On the 0-of-10 start to the game... "I think it is just a funk. I will just continue working to help the team get better. I feel like they were good shots, they just weren't going in. Maybe we were just too anxious at the beginning of the game."

On his improvement from last season... "I am just more comfortable and I am stronger. Over the summer I worked on ball-handling, shooting and getting stronger. Now I feel like I am more of a complete player."

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