Second-half drought dooms Pack

Updated: December 4, 2003, 1:18 AM ET
Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Daniel Horton scored 16 points to lead Michigan to a 68-61 win against North Carolina State on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Tom Davis

Monday's Result
Florida State 71, N'western 53
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Tuesday's Results
Wake Forest 100, Indiana 67
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Michigan 68, N.C. State 61
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North Carolina 88, Illinois 81
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Maryland 73, Wisconsin 67 (OT)
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Wednesday's Results
Georgia Tech 73, Ohio State 53
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Purdue 76, Clemson 64
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Duke 72, Michigan State 50
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Virginia 86, Minnesota 78
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(ACC wins Challenge, 7-2)

The Wolverines (4-0) took control of the game when they held the Wolfpack (3-1) without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes in the second half.

Michigan reserve Dion Harris scored 14 points. Bernard Robinson and Lester Abram each had 10 points.

Julius Hodge led N.C. State with 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Scooter Sherrill added 14 points.

Despite winning their first three games, the Wolfpack fell out of The Associated Press poll after being ranked 25th last week.

After N.C. State pulled within one, Michigan took a 53-42 lead with just under seven minutes left. Hodge then ended the Wolfpack's field-goal drought with a three-point play.

The Wolfpack made just enough uncontested layups and Michigan missed enough free throws in the final minutes to allow them to pull within four with 20.4 seconds left, but they couldn't get closer.

The victory gave Michigan coach Tommy Amaker his 100th win, and a 32-31 record in two-plus seasons in Ann Arbor.

The Wolverines improved to 2-1 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and N.C. State fell to 3-2.

Michigan led by seven early, then trailed by nine midway through the first half before leading 33-27 at halftime.

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