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.
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."
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
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
"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.