N O T E S
In a halftime ceremony, the University of Michigan Athletic Department announced the first endowed scholarship for student managers: the Joel Portnoy Basketball Manager Scholarship Fund. Portnoy, a basketball manager from 1988-90, embodied this spirit of service, integrity and optimism. He obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees from Michigan and was a devoted student-manager and was an inspiring and dedicated doctor of pediatric intensive care medicine before his untimely passing. The first recipient of the Joel Portnoy Men's Basketball Student Manager Scholarship is current head manager Will Vergello.
DeShawn Sims set a career best with 20 rebounds. In fact, by halftime he had surpassed his previous high of 12 (three times), grabbing 13 total rebounds (three offensive and 10 defensive) in the first half. Sims' 20 rebounds marked the first 20-plus rebounding performance since Graham Brown (2003-06) had 21 at Indiana (Jan. 3, 2006). Along the way Sims posted a new career best with 15 defensive rebounds. His previous best in a game was nine, which he had three times.
With his 20 points and career-best 20 rebounds, DeShawn Sims posted his fourth double-double of the season and fifth of his career. Sims' 20 points give him 11 straight games scoring in double figures this season. It was his 37th career double-digit game and seventh 20-plus point game.
With his 20 rebounds, DeShawn Sims posted the most rebounds by a Big Ten Conference player this season. The previous best for U-M and in the conference was by teammate Manny Harris, who had 15 against Norfolk State (Nov. 25).
DeShawn Sims is the first Wolverine to post a 20-point, 20-rebound performance in 31 years. The Wolverine to accomplish the feat was Phil Hubbard, who had 22 points and 26 rebounds vs. Detroit (March 17, 1977).
Michigan held Florida Gulf Coast to just 18 first-half points. It marked the first time the Wolverines held an opponent to fewer than 20 points in a half since 2006-07 when the Maize and Blue did it twice -- 16 vs. Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament (March 8, 2007) and 14 against Central Connecticut State (Nov. 10, 2006).
With 42 three-point attempts, Michigan broke the U-M single-game record for the second time in three games. The mark topped the 33 the Wolverines had two games ago against Eastern Michigan (Dec. 13). U-M's 42 attempts also topped the previous Crisler Arena record of 34, set by Chattanooga against Michigan (Dec. 20, 1997).
With 12 three-point field goals made it marked the third straight game Michigan has had 10 or more long-range buckets in a game. U-M had 13 against Oakland (Dec. 20) and a school-record 16 against Eastern Michigan (Dec. 13). Overall, it is the fourth time this season U-M has had double-digit three-pointers in a game.
Sophomore/freshman transfer Laval Lucas-Perry, who became eligible at the end of the fall semester, made his Crisler Arena debut and had 10 points, three rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes of action.
With a 14-point effort, Kelvin Grady posted his third double-figure game of the season and third in the last five games. He made a season-best four three-point field goals, giving him nine triples in his last three games and 15 this season.
Stu Douglass scored 12 points for the second consecutive game. He knocked down two more triples and went a career-best 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Overall it marks his third double-figure scoring game.
Manny Harris scored six points, snapping his 10-game double-figure scoring streak. He added six rebounds and five assists in 23 minutes.
Manny Harris has started all 43 career games at Michigan. In addition, classmate Kelvin Grady came off the bench to play in his 43rd straight contest for the Wolverines. Grady has 25 career starts.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
Opening statement... "As everyone knows what we went through last year, you celebrate every win no matter what. I don't think that was our best performance with the turnovers, but I do like the idea that we weren't shy, that we shot the ball. We didn't shoot it well at times, and all of a sudden then you're struggling for confidence for five minutes, and all of a sudden now they gain some confidence and they're playing to win and we're playing not to lose. That little five minutes there hurt us as far as the outcome, but we'll take the win."
On not being shy to shoot against FGCU's defense..."When people play that type of defense -- it's called a sagging defense -- and you are not going to drive the ball against them and you are not necessarily going to get stuff for DeShawn (Sims) inside. They are going to dare you to shoot, and I make this analogy all the time: if people are going to loophole us like that, that's what we need to do. It would be like someone putting eight in the box and you say 'We have a good run game so we're going to run' and they are on you all game long so you have to stretch the field. That's what they did to us."
On the increased three-point shooting as a result of Florida Gulf Coast's defense... "It drives you crazy sometimes, I know it drives you guys crazy sometimes, but you have to take what the defense gives you, you really have to do that. I'll watch the film, but I think there were only five or six that I would take back. But those (three-pointers) were also why we were up by 19."
On the performance of DeShawn Sims... "The five offensive rebounds that he ended up getting probably turned into 10 points, or close to it. He really likes where he is playing right now -- inside, with the ability to shoot from the outside. He just has to play at his highest level all the time and he is going to come up with stats like that just from his intensity."
U-M Junior Forward DeShawn Sims
On his performance... "It wasn't a bad night. I came out aggressive in the first half and I kept that aggressiveness throughout the game. It had a lot to do with the scouting report. We had to pay attention to details, since we didn't have much time to prepare for them."
On his career-best 20 rebounds... "I went to go get every ball. I was told to be a warrior today. I took that mindset all game and it happened to turn out well for me today. He (Coach Beilein) told me to be a warrior. He said, 'If I am a warrior and you are a warrior, this team could be special.'"
On Florida Gulf Coast's defense... "They play a sagging defense; they don't pressure you. We have played pressure defense and zones all year and have not faced this type of defense yet. It is a hard defense for our offense because we don't face this defense often. On one-day prep with this defense, I think we did pretty well."
U-M Sophomore/Freshman Guard Laval Lucas-Perry
On the difference between today and the Oakland game... "We had to get into the flow and get into our halfcourt game. They pressured us a little more since Oakland played zone. But I think we matched well with that."
On the team's outside shooting... "Well, sometimes we don't hit open shots. Sometimes we have to do other things that will work, whether it be drive to the basket or play better defense to get steals. I think that's what we did tonight. I thought we had some good looks, but unfortunately they didn't go in. We locked down the defensive end, but we still had some mental lapses."
On getting integrated into the lineup... "Coach Beilein told me to take it one game at a time. It is a process but I am meshing well with the team. He is putting me into the rotation and teaching me new stuff. He also wants me to talk more and take on a more leadership role."