Monday , Mar , 20 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Michigan claws past Notre Dame in the NIT

Ann Arbor, MI (Sports Network) – Dion Harris scored 15 points and connected on
a three-point basket as time expired to lead the Michigan Wolverines to a
thrilling 87-84 double overtime victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in
the second round of the NIT Tournament.

Daniel Horton led the way with 29 points and also dished out eight assists for
Michigan (20-10), while Chris Hunter and Lester Abram both tallied 15 points
in the win.

Chris Quinn registered 18 points for Notre Dame (16-14), and also dished nine
assists in the loss. Russell Carter contributed 15 points for the Wolverines,
while Torin Francis scored 14 points and pulled nine boards. Colin Falls
chipped in 13 points, but committed six turnovers for Notre Dame.

The Fighting Irish shot 53.8 percent from the field in the opening round to
take a 41-33 lead into the break.

The Wolverines stormed back in the second half and even took a brief lead in
the last minute, but Quinn evened the score for Notre Dame at 70 when he
made a lay up with nine seconds remaining in regulation.

In the first extra session, Horton connected on two free throws for Michigan
with just 53.7 seconds remaining in overtime to even the score at 77-77.

Both teams went back and forth in the second overtime, but it was Harris’
basket that lifted the Wolverines over Notre Dame by a three-point margin.

Michigan committed just 13 turnovers in the contest, while Notre Dame
committed 19 miscues.