ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Chris Hunter scored a season-high 20
points and Dion Harris added 18 to lead Michigan to its sixth
straight postseason win, an 82-67 victory over Texas-El Paso in the
first round of the NIT Thursday.
Michigan (19-10), the 2004 NIT champion, broke a three-game
losing streak and will host Notre Dame in a second-round game
Monday. The Wolverines defeated the Fighting Irish 71-67 at South
Bend, Ind., on Dec. 3.
The Miners wore 1966-style jerseys to honor the school's only
NCAA champion, but none of that magic came with the uniforms. UTEP
turned over the ball 19 times and never made a serious run at the
Wolverines after falling behind early.
UTEP trimmed the lead to eight points with 12 minutes to play in
the second half, but Michigan answered with a 12-0 run to put the
game away. Hunter scored the last eight points of the streak.
The Wolverines went on a 14-4 run early in the first half to
take a lead they'd never lose. They were 7-for-11 from 3-point
range in the opening 20 minutes and led 44-34 at halftime.