Syracuse Survives U-M Scare 53-50

The Michigan basketball team fell to 3-1 on the season with a 53-50 loss to the Syracuse Orange on Friday night in Atlantic City. Stu Douglass and Jordan Morgan led the Wolverines offensively with 11 points each.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. –Stu Douglass' triple put the Michigan basketball team up 45-44 on No. 10 Syracuse with just minutes remaining in the second Legends Classic semifinal on Friday, but the Wolverines upset bid fell just short as the Orange rallied to a 53-50 win dealing Michigan its first loss of the season.

Douglass and Jordan Morgan finished with 11 points each to lead the Wolverines offensively, but as a team the Maize and Blue shot just 29% from the field in the second half as the team fell to 3-1 on the season with the loss. Morgan also led the team with seven rebounds.

Syracuse forward Kris Joseph led the Orange with 22 points and five rebounds. Rick Jackson finished with a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Syracuse, and Scoop Jardine finished with 11 points, four rebounds and a pair of assists.

In the opening half the Wolverines jumped on top of the Orange in building a 31-29 halftime lead.

Syracuse claimed a quick 10-6 lead behind five points from Joseph, but Michigan rallied to tie it on a pair of occasions at 12-12 and 15-15 on a pair of Evan Smotrycz three-pointers.

With 6:46 left in the half Michigan claimed a 23-21 lead on a Stu Douglass triple. Minutes later Douglass added another triple, plus Jordan Morgan scored in the paint at Michigan opened up a 30-25 lead, its biggest of the game. The Orange, though, finished with a 4-1 run to close out the half and trim the U-M lead to just a pair of points.

In the second half Syracuse opened with a 9-2 run to surge back into the lead. Joseph, Jackson and Brandon Triche opened the Syracuse scoring after a Jordan Morgan bucket briefly stretched Michigan's halftime lead. Michigan matched it with five straight, a three-pointer from Tim Hardaway Jr. and a jumper from Darius Morris, but Rick Jackson rattled off four straight points to help the Orange back in front 44-40 with 10:40 to go.

Hardaway Jr. answered with a dunk, and then Douglass gave Michigan its last lead of the game with a three-pointer with 5:53 remaining.

With 4:32 to go the Orange took the lead back on a Jardine three-point jumper. Syracuse then pushed the lead to 50-45 with just two minutes remaining. Michigan got within three as just seconds remained, but got no closer.

With the loss the Wolverines fall to 3-1 on the season. Michigan returns to action to take on Clemson Tuesday night in the 2010 Big 10/ACC Challenge. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 p.m.

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