Miami (FL) 65

(18-16, 7-9 ACC)

Michigan 71

(21-10, 8-8 Big Ten)

8:00 PM ET, March 22, 2006

Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1 2 T
MIA 29 3665
MICH 38 3371

Top Performers

Miami (FL): G. Diaz 20 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast

Michigan: D. Horton 19 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

Michigan advances, runs NIT home streak to 16-0

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 the 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 Wednesday night.

The victory also gave the team's seniors a chance to take a final walk out of Crisler Arena on a high after losing their regular-season finale here.

"This is a lot better than senior day," Hunter said. "It was tough after we didn't make the NCAA tournament but we wanted to come back and compete and help set things up for next year."

The Wolverines lost seven of their last nine games and were one of the last teams left out of the NCAA tournament.

"We had to dig out of an emotional hole," Michigan coach Tommy Amaker said. "We've got a tough senior class and you can see that these guys still enjoy wearing that uniform."

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.

"We had the ball with a chance to cut it to three or two points but Harris took a bad shot," Miami coach Frank Haith said. "That was a big turnaround."

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.

Abram missed the Wolverines' last eight regular-season games and Hunter did not play in the last three. Getting them back into the lineup has helped a team that often struggled to find rhythm in a 59-55 loss to Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.

"We have two guys as talented as they are and they make a big difference," said Horton, who also had five assists Wednesday. "The practices leading up (to the NIT opener) allowed us to get our chemistry back."

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 65 71
FG Made-Attempted 27-59 (.458) 21-46 (.457)
3P Made-Attempted 6-20 (.300) 8-15 (.533)
FT Made-Attempted 5-6 (.833) 21-22 (.955)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 9 (0/0)
Largest Lead 0 13


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