(20) Notre Dame 60

(3-1, 0-1 away)

Michigan 61

(4-3, 4-2 home)

    12:00 PM ET, December 4, 2004

    Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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    #20ND 28 3260
    MICH 30 3161

    Top Performers

    Notre Dame: D. Latimore 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast

    Michigan: G. Brown 8 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Horton shines late for Michigan

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Daniel Horton went from horrendous to tremendous in less than a week in the opinion of his coach.

    Horton's three-point play with 20.7 seconds to go lifted Michigan to a 61-60 win over Notre Dame (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today; No. 20 AP) on Saturday.

    Chris Thomas had two chances in the last 10 seconds to score a go-ahead basket for the Fighting Irish, but he missed the first and Brent Petway blocked the second attempt.

    Horton scored 15 points, all in the second half, for the Wolverines (4-3).

    After losing at No. 4 Georgia Tech by 31 on Tuesday, Michigan coach Tommy Amaker said his backcourt play was horrendous.

    "I was kind of upset because he had never really done that, but he was right," said Horton, Michigan's point guard. "And I'm glad he said it."

    Horton missed his only shot in a scoreless first half, then scored 11 of his 15 points in the last 5:44.

    "He thrives in that type of environment," Amaker said. "If you want to find somebody that wants to be in that situation, who wants to take the big shots and has proven he can make the big shots, then you want Daniel Horton."

    Dennis Latimore led the Fighting Irish (3-1) with 18 points, more than twice his average since transferring from Arizona, and Torin Francis scored 12.

    "It's a tough loss because it felt like we were in control in the second half after digging a hole in the first half," Latimore said. "We broke down mentally toward the end. I made a bad foul on Horton's last play. I should've wrapped him up better."

    Thomas, who was averaging 14 points a game, had just two points on 1-of-13 shooting.

    Thomas said watching the Wolverines lose their previous three games -- to Georgia Tech, Providence and No. 21 Arizona -- led Notre Dame to underestimate them.

    "The last three games they kind of lulled us to sleep. They tricked a lot of people," said Thomas, who had 10 assists and eight rebounds. "That was my biggest fear coming into the game. I knew that their guys could play, and I knew they were going to come out with a lot of intensity at their own home court.

    "It's just when you watch them and they're getting pounded by 30, you kind of get hypnotized by that."

    Michigan led by 11 late in the first half, but trailed by 10 midway through the second half.

    An 8-0 run got the Wolverines back into the game, and Horton's fearlessness led them to victory. He made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions before making a three-point play on a layup and free throw.

    "I'm a very confident player. Sometimes it hurts me, sometimes it helps me," Horton said. "Today, it helped me."

    Petway's game-saving block came after he missed the front end of a 1-and-1 opportunity at the free throw line.

    Michigan freshman Ron Coleman had 11 points after scoring just eight in the first six games. Horton's backcourt mate, Dion Harris, had 10 points.

    The Irish won their first three games against Harvard, Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne and Charleston Southern.

    "I learned a lot about our group," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "This is the first time we've been in this situation with this nucleus. We're disappointed we didn't close it out because we certainly had chances at the end of the game to finish it."

    While Michigan and Notre Dame are rivals in football, they hadn't played a regular-season game on the basketball court since 1993.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 60 61
    FG Made-Attempted 24-61 (.393) 25-55 (.455)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-19 (.316) 6-17 (.353)
    FT Made-Attempted 6-10 (.600) 5-9 (.556)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 12 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 10 11

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