(21-10, 11-3 C-USA)

Michigan 82

(19-10, 8-8 Big Ten)

    7:00 PM ET, March 16, 2006

    Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    1 2 T
    UTEP 34 3367
    MICH 44 3882

    Top Performers

    UTEP: J. Williams 25 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Michigan: D. Horton 14 Pts, 2 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl

    Michigan 82, UTEP 67

    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.

    Jason Williams had 25 points and Miguel Ayala added 10 for the Miners (21-10), who have not won consecutive postseason games since their 1992 run to the NCAA tournament's round of 16.

    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.

    Daniel Horton had 14 points and nine assists for Michigan, which also got 10 points from Brent Petway.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 67 82
    FG Made-Attempted 21-46 (.457) 29-52 (.558)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-19 (.316) 11-21 (.524)
    FT Made-Attempted 19-23 (.826) 13-20 (.650)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 20


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