2003-04 BKM vs. N.C. State -- Postgame Notes

With the victory tonight, Michigan is 4-0 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. That year the Wolverines started off 6-0.

After a two-year hiatus, Michigan returned to the ACC/Big Ten Challenge tonight. With the victory, Michigan is now 2-1 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge play.

Michigan faced N.C. State for the first time in 53 years tonight. With the victory, Michigan is now 2-2 against N.C. State all-time.


Mathis posted six points and a game-high nine rebounds.

At the half, Michigan had shot 7-for-8 from the line compared to 0-for-2 for the Wolfpack. For the game, the Wolverines held a 22-of-29 to 10-of-13 advantage at the line.

Michigan's starting lineup was Bernard Robinson Jr., Daniel Horton, Lester Abram, Chris Hunter and Courtney Sims.

Tonight's attendance was 11,789.

Michigan won the jump ball for the third consecutive home game. Michigan is 3-0 when winning the opening tip.

For the fourth consecutive game, Michigan out-rebounded its opponent. The Wolverines won the battle of the boards by a margin of 39-30. Michigan also had 13 offensive rebounds to five offensive rebounds for the Wolfpack.

Michigan posted more than 10 offensive rebounds for the third time this season. Michigan's 13 offensive boards tonight are the second highest total the Wolverines have recorded. U-M's season high is 15 offensive rebounds against Oakland (Nov. 21).

For the third time this season, Michigan had four players reach double figures in scoring. Daniel Horton led the Wolverines with 16 points, followed by Dion Harris with 14 and Bernard Robinson Jr. and Lester Abram each with 10.

Michigan shot a season-high 22-of-29 from the free throw line tonight. The Wolverines' previous high was 18-for-27 against Oakland (Nov. 21). Michigan's 75.9 percent from the line tonight is also a season best.

Behind 14 points from Dion Harris, Michigan's bench outscored its opponent's bench for the fourth time this season. U-M's bench held a 20-6 advantage on the scoreboard tonight.

With the victory tonight, Michigan head coach Tommy Amaker collected his 100th career victory. Amaker is now 100-86 overall as a head coach and 32-31 at Michigan.

With two steals tonight Bernard Robinson Jr. moved into a tie for 10th place on Michigan's all-time steals list. He tied Tom Stanton (1975-79) with 113 career steals. Robinson needs just three more steals to move into a tie with Mike McGee (1977-81) for ninth on the all-time list.

With five points in the first half, Daniel Horton reached the 500-point mark in his career. Horton went on to score 11 more points in the second half and now has 511 points in his career.

Lester Abram sank his 100th career free throw tonight in the first half. An 84.9 percent career shooter, Abram shot 10-for-12 from the line tonight and now has 107 free throws made.

Lester Abram shot 10-for-12 from the line tonight, scoring all of his 10 points on free throws. Both Abrams' free throws made and attempted are career highs.

With a put-back layin at the 12:33 mark of the second half, J.C. Mathis hit the 250-point mark in his career. Mathis finished the game with six points. This season is Mathis' first with the Wolverines and he has scored 16 points this year. Mathis transferred prior to the 2002-03 season from Virginia, where he scored 236 career points.

J.C. Mathis posted a season-best nine rebounds to lead the Wolverines on the boards tonight. It is the most rebounds any Wolverine has recorded in a game so far this season. His overall career high is 15 rebounds against VMI (Jan. 24, 2002) when he was at Virginia.

Courtney Sims has scored Michigan's first basket in two of the Wolverines' four games this season. Tonight Sims scored a put-back basket on U-M's first possession.

Brent Petway posted a career high with two blocks tonight. Petway blocked Ilian Evtimov to set the mark. Through four career games, Petway has four blocks.

Dion Harris scored 14 points tonight to exactly hit 50 points in his career. The freshman is averaging 12.5 points per game this season.

Dion Harris made and attempted career highs in free throws tonight, shooting a perfect 6-for-6.

For the second consecutive game, Dion Harris recorded a career-high three steals. He had previously had three steals against Butler (Nov. 30).

For the third consecutive game Dion Harris recorded a career-high four rebounds. He had previously had four rebounds against Butler (Nov. 30) and against High Point (Nov. 26).

The Wolverines wore their maize jerseys for the first time this season.

ACC/Big Ten Challenge Notes

After three games in the fifth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the ACC holds a 2-1 advantage. The Big Ten's only victory is Michigan's 68-61 win over N.C. State. Northwestern lost to Florida State 71-53 on Monday (Dec. 1) and Indiana lost to Wake Forest 100-67 tonight. The Big Ten has never won an ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

After tonight's game, Michigan is 2-1 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge play, while N.C. State is 3-2 in Challenge play.

The home team now has a 22-8 record in ACC/Big Ten Challenge play.

In 38 ACC/Big Ten Challenge games, the team that led at halftime has a 26-12 record. Tonight Michigan held a 33-27 lead at the half and went on to win the game 68-61.

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