Michigan 67

(7-1, 0-1 away)

NC State 74

(5-0, 5-0 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 27, 2006

    PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

    1 2 T
    MICH 28 3967
    NCST 35 3974

    Top Performers

    Michigan: D. Harris 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast

    North Carolina State: B. Costner 17 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    N.C. State 74, Michigan 67

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Brandon Costner had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead North Carolina State past Michigan 74-67 on Monday night in the first game of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

    Ben McCauley added 19 points and eight rebounds for the Wolfpack (5-0), who overcame an early injury to Engin Atsur with a determined effort that kept new coach Sidney Lowe unbeaten at the school he helped lead to a national championship as a player.

    Dion Harris scored 24 points to lead the Wolverines (7-1), who led by double digits early but blew that lead and trailed by as many as 21 points before coming up short in a second-half rally.

    The win gave the Atlantic Coast Conference an early lead in the eighth annual event, a series the conference has dominated. The ACC has won the previous seven matchups, with Michigan State and Michigan entering this year as the only Big Ten teams with winning records in the challenge.

    But the Wolverines fell to 3-3 in the event, losing to an undermanned team that seemed to simply outfight them most of the way.

    The already-thin Wolfpack played just about the entire game with a six-man rotation after Atsur -- the team's second-leading scorer at 17.3 points per game and primary ballhandler -- hobbled to the sideline with an injury to his left hamstring with 14:26 left in the first half. It looked like a bad sign for an N.C. State team trailing 14-4 to an athletic opponent looking to stay unbeaten.

    Instead, the Wolfpack turned in the kind of workmanlike performance Lowe had promised when taking over here. In addition to Costner and McCauley, Gavin Grant had 15 points and seven assists while taking over at the point, while reserve Bryan Nieman -- who had scored nine points all year -- finished with eight points and six rebounds.

    The Wolfpack outscored Michigan 31-14 after Atsur's injury to close the half and take a 35-28 lead at the break. N.C. State then steadily increased that margin, outscoring the Wolverines 20-6 after halftime to take a 55-34 lead on a free throw by Courtney Fells with about 12 minutes left.

    But the inexperienced Wolfpack showed its youth as it tried to hold onto that lead, taking several quick shots and committing unforced turnovers that helped Michigan mount a furious rally. The Wolverines got as close as 71-67 on a 3-pointer from Ron Coleman with 26.1 seconds left, but the Wolfpack answered with a free throw from McCauley and two more from Grant to seal it in the final seconds.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 67 74
    FG Made-Attempted 27-71 (.380) 26-61 (.426)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-27 (.296) 7-18 (.389)
    FT Made-Attempted 5-5 (1.000) 15-23 (.652)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 10 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 12 21

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