N O T E S
With today's 81-79 loss to UCLA, the Wolverines drop to a 6-5 record overall.
With today's 81-79 loss to the Bruins, the Wolverines currently hold a 2-7 record all-time against UCLA. Two games of the series (1-1) were vacated due to NCAA sanctions.
With today's 81-79 loss the UCLA, Michigan ends its two-game win streak against the Bruins. In 2002, U-M won for the first time ever at Pauley Pavilion after an 81-76 victory. In 2003, the Wolverines notched their second win with a 70-66 victory at Crisler Arena.
The Wolverines continued solid free throw shooting against the Bruins, hitting 16-for-20 (80.0 percent) from the charity stripe. Michigan is currently shooting 158-for-213 (74.2 percent) from the free throw line in 11 games.
Chris Hunter's 21 points against UCLA give him a 120-point total in 11 games for the 2004-05 season. Hunter has now reached and surpassed his last-season total of 109 points he set in 22 games. The junior forward needs just 42 points to top his career-best of 162 points he set in his freshman season.
After going 8-for-15 from the field and 1-for-4 from long range, Chris Hunter set career bests in field goal attempts and three-point field goal attempts. Hunter's previous best in field goal attempts was 12 set against High Point (Dec. 7). The junior's previous best in three-point field goal attempts was three, set against Boston University (Dec. 14).
Dion Harris has never missed a game as a Wolverine. Harris has played in 45 consecutive games for U-M with 22 starts.
Dion Harris' block at UCLA matches a career best for the sophomore guard. Harris has blocked six other shots in his career.
Courtney Sims has never missed a game for the Wolverines. Sims has played in 45 consecutive games for Michigan, starting all 34 contests as a freshman. With today's start against the Bruins, Sims has received a starting nod in 10-of-11 games this season for 44 total starts.
Courtney Sims' seven field goals against UCLA match a career best for the sophomore forward. Sims set the mark against Michigan State (Feb. 24, 2004).
After hitting 5-of-6 from the charity stripe against UCLA, John Andrews set career bests in free throws and attempts. Andrews smashed his previous best free-throw mark of two, which he set against High Point (Dec. 7). The sophomore's previous best in attempts was also two, which he set against Providence (Nov. 26) and matched against High Point.
John Andrews dished off four assists against UCLA to set a new top mark. Andrews' previous best was three assists, which he set against High Point (Dec. 7).
With four rebounds against the Bruins, John Andrews matched his career best in rebounds. Andrews originally set the top mark against High Point (Dec. 7).
With his assist at UCLA, Ashtyn Bell matched a career best. Bell has dished off one other assist in his career against South Florida (Dec. 11).
Ron Coleman's 13 points against the Bruins mark a new career best for the freshman guard. Coleman's previous best was 11, which he set against Notre Dame (Dec. 4).
After hitting 5-for-7 from the field against UCLA, Ron Coleman set a new career best in field goals. Coleman's previous best was four, which he set against South Florida (Dec. 11).
After hitting 3-for-5 from long range against the Bruins, Ron Coleman set a new career high in three-point baskets. Coleman's previous best was two, which he set against Notre Dame (Dec. 4).
Ron Coleman's seven rebounds against UCLA match a personal best. Coleman set the mark of seven boards against South Florida (Dec. 11).
After dishing off five assists against the Bruins, Ron Coleman set a new career best. Coleman smashed his previous best of two, which he had at Georgia Tech (Nov. 30).
Q U O T E S
Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker
On the game ... "Obviously a disappointing outcome for us. I thought both teams put forth a gallant effort. It was some college basketball game, and obviously we are disappointed that we didnt come out on top at the end. But I'm very proud of our kids for the effort that they displayed here this afternoon."
On how they lost after such a great performance .. ."There was number one C Dijon Thompson. In his first game back since his injury he was in rare form and ready to put them up. Obviously, for this entire ballgame this afternoon he was tremendous. His 12 from the floor for 29 points - that was the difference."
On the positives ... "I like to think that we were very scrappy and gritty. I'm pleased with the effort they gave us this afternoon. Disappointed, obviously, with the outcome, but we will be able to build on it and find some things in the film to see if we can get better, and after the holidays hopefully get back on the winning track.
On the play of Dion Harris ... "Certainly for us to have a chance in ballgames, given our status, he has to score for us and play well. I thought he shot the ball extremely well in the first half. Having him on the floor with some scoring opportunities and some confidence makes a big difference."
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423