With the loss, Michigan is now 3-5 all-time in ACC/Big Ten Challenge games. The Wolverines have lost their last three challenge games. The win improves the Terrapins to 7-3 all-time in challenge games and improved their home record to 5-0.
With the 75-70 loss, Michigan is now has 3-3 overall record against Maryland. Prior to tonight, the last meeting came in the BB&T Classic in Washington, D.C., an 82-51 Terrapin victory (Dec. 2, 2000). This was the first meeting between Michigan and Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Tonight's loss evens U-M coach John Beilein's record to 1-1 against Maryland. Beilein's win was a 78-77 overtime thriller against the Terrapins at the 2003 BB&T Classic.
DeShawn Sims started for the first time this season, marking the 35th start of his career. Along with Sims, David Merritt, Stu Douglass, Manny Harris and Anthony Wright were in the starting five.
With his start tonight, Manny Harris has started all 39 career games at Michigan. In addition, classmate Kelvin Grady came off the bench to play in his 39th straight contest for the Wolverines. Grady has 25 career starts.
Michigan closed out the game with a season-high 12 three-point field goals. It topped the nine the Wolverines had against Norfolk State (Nov. 25). In addition, the Maize and Blue finished with a season-low 10 turnovers against the Terrapins.
With his 12 points, DeShawn Sims extended his streak of double-figure scoring to seven games and surpassed 600 career points in his U-M career (611). He added a team-best seven rebounds, marking the fourth time he has led the U-M in the rebounding department. Manny Harris' team-high 15 points extended his own streak to seven straight games in double digits. Overall, it was his 35th career double-figure scoring game.
Kelvin Grady came off the bench to score a season-high 11 points, marking his first double-figure scoring game of the season. He doubled his prior season-best point production of five against Duke (Nov. 21). It is his eighth career double-digit game and helped him surpass the 200-point mark in his career (206).
Zack Novak scored a career-best 12 points, marking the second double-figure scoring game of his young career. In fact, his 12 points at Maryland are the first points for the freshman outside of Crisler Arena. Along the way, he tied a career best with three long-range buckets.
After going 3-of-5 tonight, Zack Novak is 8-of-16 from long range over his last three games. Starting the first five games of the year 0-of-9 on three-pointers, DeShawn Sims has gone 3-of-5 from long range over the last two games.
For the fourth straight game, Jevohn Shepherd has come off the bench to play double-figure minutes. He finished the game with nine points on 4-for-5 shooting with two rebounds, four assists and a block in 18 minutes of action.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
On learning from the game... "Obviously it was a good game. I was able to learn more about my team."
On the mental aspect of playing on the road..."We just imploded a little bit mentally. I don't like it, but you expect it. It was our first road game of the season. The crowd got going."
On Maryland's three-point shooting... "They had some good three-point looks in the first half and made a couple. We needed to respond from that."
On positives in the game... "I saw some very positive things in the game. There was great leadership from Kelvin Grady in the game. We are still searching for the right mix. I'm still not sure what it is, but we will find it."
On DeShawn Sims... "DeShawn Sims gives us such an explosion off the bench, but we got off to a better start and then we stayed strong. He can really shoot the three-ball."
On Zack Novak... "You have got to like what you see from Zack Novak. He can shoot it from deep, he plugs, he can get garbage points and he gets second-chance opportunities for us. I am really pleased with him."
On the Maryland press... "Maryland was able to set the full-court press well and it created a fast tempo, so we rushed and created turnovers at the other end."
U-M Sophomore Guard Manny Harris
On what happened in tonight's game... "We just let them strike first. We just have to learn from it and get ready for Duke."
On responding to Maryland's defense... "I don't know. We have to watch the film, so I can't really tell you. I don't think it was the press. It was just when we got past half court, we got rattled a little bit or something."
On not containing Maryland's offense... "We had lapses on defense. We let them get too many open looks. They were making shots, so credit their offense."
U-M Freshman Guard Zack Novak
On letting Maryland take control early in the second half... "I think it was the way we started. They came out and hit a few shots and were real aggressive. We made a few errors, but we'll learn from it."
On responding after Maryland's 16-3 run... "It shows that we gathered our poise after they went on that big run. I mean, we're not going to quit."
On dealing with Maryland's defense... "We weren't going to get many fast-break opportunities. They were hitting shots. When they're hitting shots, we can't rebound as much and get out on the break. That will slow up the tempo with us, especially with that press it's tough. When they make it, that slows you down."
On what Michigan will take away from this game... "Like coach said, we'll learn a lot from this and put it together. Hopefully soon, we'll be tough. We've got to start halves. We've got to come out of the locker room and put teams away, especially on the road."