N O T E S
With the 89-76 win over Oakland, Michigan improves to 5-1 all-time against the Grizzlies. The victory also gives the Maize and Blue a 4-1 record in games played at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Michigan reached 80 or more points for the third straight game, and fourth overall contest this season. U-M is averaging 74.4 points per game.
With 13 three-pointers today, Michigan posted its third game this season with 10 or more long-range buckets. Five different Wolverines drained a three.
For the second straight game, Michigan closed with 24 assists and five turnovers. U-M reached that mark on 30 made field goals today. It also marked the third time this season the Maize and Blue had 20-plus assists in a game.
For the first time this season, Michigan wore its blue adidas shoes in a game.
Laval Lucas-Perry made his Michigan debut after sitting out the last year following a transfer from Arizona. He opened in grand fashion, closing with a career-best 14 points after knocking down his first three long-range attempts. He added two rebounds in 16 minutes of action.
After not scoring in the first half, Manny Harris scored 15 points in the second half to earn his 10th straight game scoring in double figures. In fact, it was the second game in a row he has exploded in the second stanza. Last game against EMU (Dec. 13), he scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half.
Manny Harris had a career-best eight assists in the first half and closed the game with a career-best 13 with zero turnovers. The output in the second best in the history of U-M and the most since Dion Harris had 10 helpers against Wofford on Dec. 2, 2006, two seasons ago.
With his 15 second-half points and career-best 13 assists, Manny Harris posted his third career double-double but first for points and assists. He is the first Wolverine to post a point-assist double-double since Dion Harris had 14 points and 10 assists against Wofford on Dec. 2, 2006. Overall, he is the 17th Wolverine to accomplish the feat, and his effort marked the 54th all-time point-assist double-dip in U-M history.
With his 20 points, DeShawn Sims has now scored in double figures in 10 straight games this season and is second on the team with 16.9 points per game. The effort was his 36th career double-figure game and the sixth game with 20-plus points.
En route to his 20 points against Oakland, DeShawn Sims did not attempt a three-point field goal, finishing 8-of-15 from the field. He had at least one long-range attempt in 42 straight games entering today. He added nine rebounds, just missing his fifth career double-double.
Stu Douglass helped jump start the Michigan offense by knocking down the first three baskets for Michigan -- all long-range buckets. He closed with a career-best 12 points on a career-best four three-point field goals and seven three-point field goal attempts.
Stu Douglass has two career double-figure scoring games -- both of which have come from neutral-site games in NBA arenas. First, he had 10 points in U-M's win at Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Knicks, and he had 12 today at the Palace of Auburn Hills, home of the Detroit Pistons.
Kelvin Grady tied his career best with six rebounds, all of which came in the first half. The last time he had six boards was at Duke on Dec. 8, 2007.
Zack Gibson tied a career best with three blocks. In fact, his only other game with three swats came against the Grizzlies last season on Dec. 12, 2007, at Crisler Arena.
Manny Harris has started all 42 career games at Michigan. In addition, classmate Kelvin Grady came off the bench to play in his 42nd straight contest for the Wolverines. Grady has 25 career starts.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
On playing against Oakland... "I think that Oakland is a terrific team and I think that this is a good win for us with where we are in our transition. We had a lot of things going on; there were a lot of storylines today. We had a week to prepare and get ready for this transition; they were in Green Bay, Wis., beating a good Green Bay team less than 48 hours ago, so make sure that we put that into the context of what just happened here. We are really pleased with the way our kids responded with going on the road, not the same as going to play at their gym, but playing on an NBA floor against a very good coach that plays a very good system."
On the quick start offensively... "I was really happy for Stu (Douglass) because that really got us going, of course we couldn't stop them either. He (Greg Kampe) is such a brilliant coach with his offense that I think you have to outscore them, so we did not want to be shy if we were open. Stu was great; Manny Harris was finding people all night. One of the things about playing zone defense is getting two people to play you; then there has to be somebody open and Manny did that over and over and over again."
On working Laval Lucas-Perry into the rotation... "We didn't talk a lot about it, but we did talk about this being a transition and that it was going to be bumpy. We were trying to prepare them a little bit, but there is just a great team chemistry going on right now. Everyone is comfortable and if you feel comfortable out there you tend to shoot the ball well."
On how he felt physically today... "I thought that Wednesday I started to see some progress. This vertigo is a unique thing that I have never encountered, but I got myself slowly back into it. I felt good today. I felt normal. Anxious, just like any other game. I had really missed (being at) practice and I'm looking forward to coaching tomorrow and coaching Monday."
Sophomore Guard Manny Harris
On Laval Lucas-Perry... "He can shoot the ball very well. That opens up a lot of other stuff for our team. Not only can he shoot, but he can defend. He can do so many other things. He is probably 90 percent in practice from behind the arc. That is what he does. Anything less would have been a failure for him. We expected that."
On the success of the team... "We are just going one game at a time. Our goal is the NCAA Tournament, but we are trying to win one game at a time. We have a tough turnaround; we play Monday, so we have to get ready."
On the fan support... "It's big. If we continue to win, they will continue to support us. We have had great fans since I have been here. We have to continue to win and not let up. It felt good to play here and get the win."
Freshman Guard Stu Douglass
On his hot start... "It was very relieving. I have been working on my jump shot this past week over the break. I tweaked some things, so it was very relieving to get those off and hit them. I was able to catch the ball better; I was jumping into my shot too much and losing a lot of energy. So when I shot it, I was using more of my arms and it was going everywhere."
On being on the floor with Zack Novak... "I liked it a lot. With the addition of Lava (Lucas-Perry), we can mix it up more and have Novak and I on the court at the same time. Zack and I can really spread the floor. We have been spreading the floor for Manny (Harris) and he has gotten a lot of points from it. Today, he had 13 assists because they were doubling him. It's really how we complement his game."
Sophomore/freshman Guard Laval Lucas-Perry
On how much family he had at the game... "I think about 30. They had shirts. It was my sister Victoria's idea. She made sure it was a special occasion and she wanted to make me feel better."