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Wolverines Top Hurricanes In NIT Quarterfinals, 71-65

Wolverines Top Hurricanes In NIT Quarterfinals, 71-65

March 22, 2006

Box Score

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Daniel Horton scored 19 points and Chris Hunter had 16 Wednesday night as Michigan beat Miami 71-65 to advance to semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament.

Dion Harris and Lester Abram added 15 points apiece to help the Wolverines (21-10) extend the nation’s longest postseason winning streak to eight games and improve to 16-0 in home NIT games.

Michigan and Old Dominion will meet for the first time Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Monarchs won at Hofstra, 61-51 Tuesday night.

Guillermo Diaz scored 20 points and Robert Hite added 19 for the Hurricanes (18-16), who lost 74-53 here on Nov. 29 in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

Miami went on a 9-2 run to cut Michigan’s lead to 60-55 with 3:53 to play. But Harris, who hit the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer in Monday’s double-overtime win over Notre Dame, answered with a 3 just 30 seconds later to stop the rally.

Michigan was 21-for-22 from the free-throw line and made all six of its attempts in the last 3 minutes.

The Wolverines made six of their first eight shots to open the game and led by as many as 11 before the Hurricanes began closing the gap.

Hite’s layup cut Michigan’s lead to 31-29 with 5 minutes left in the first half, but the Wolverines outscored Miami 7-0 the rest of the way to take a 38-29 lead at halftime.

Michigan’s last trip to New York ended with the 2004 NIT title, the third in school history. The Wolverines are 6-1 in the NIT semifinals and finals.

Graham Brown had 10 rebounds for the Wolverines, and Raymond Hicks added 12 points for Miami.