Michigan Bitten By the Terriers

A game Boston University team visited Ann Arbor and shocked the Wolverines by handing them their first home loss of the season, 61-60.

Michigan’s home success was stymied tonight when they fell 61-60 to the Boston University Terriers at Crisler Arena. On the heels of a great victory against the UCLA Bruins Saturday night, the Wolverines showed their youth with a number of turnovers and inability to knock down open shots. “I think that's the mark of a young and immature team, knowing how to handle things and handle some success,” Coach Tommy Amaker said. “I've said we have been teetering on this brink for a few games before the UCLA game and tonight it caught up to us. It is a good sign for us to win when we don't do well, but we ran into a team tonight that was tough down the stretch and was very deliberate in what they do.”

Michigan got out to its customary good start, led by Daniel Horton and Courtney Sims. Horton knocked down his first two shots from beyond the arc and Sims converted two lay-ups and a free throw to help the Wolverines to a 13-6 lead at the 17:10 mark. The Terriers would battle back, however, fueled by three straight baskets by Jason Grochowalski…the final of which tied the score at 16-16 with 12:38 remaining. BU then followed that up with a 14-4 run over the next 4 minutes to take a 30-20 lead. Amaker's squad would answer the early challenge with an 18-4 run of their own to close out the half. Lester Abram came up huge in the final eight minutes with 9 of those 18 points…helping to send the home team into the locker room with a 38-34 lead. Unfortunately, it was pretty much downhill for the maize and blue the rest of the way.

BU came out of the locker room and knocked 8 straight points before Michigan would answer with a lay-up by Bernard Robinson Jr. at the 18:20 mark. The Wolverines would actually tie the game twice in the second half on three-pointers by Daniel Horton at 13:58 (to make it 47-47) and 10:53 (to make it 50-50). They took the lead shortly after with a free throw from Courtney Sims to make it 51-50 with 10:33 to go, but it was short lived. The Terriers regained the lead on a lay-up from Shaun Wynn three minutes later to make it 54-53, and they never looked back.

After shooting 46.9% from the field in the first half, Michigan’s percentage plummeted to 33.3% in the second. They also continued their poor production from beyond the arc… knocking down only 3/15 (after going 3/11 in the first half). That, coupled with 12 second half turnovers (21 overall) gave the visiting team the opening they needed to steal away the victory. Coach Amaker indicated that the turnovers have been a source of concern for his team. “We were very concerned with that aspect of our game,” Amaker said. “We haven't handled the ball very well. There's no way to win with 21 turnovers in a game and seven of those by your point guard (Horton).” He also mentioned the three-point shooting as an area his young squad will have to become more consistent in. “Our shooting from three-point range is another concern for us,” Amaker said. “You're not going to win when you shoot 23 percent from the three-point line. We had a bundle of good shots and they're not going to come out of the zone until you make them.”

On the game Michigan was led by Daniel Horton with 15 points and 4 assists (on 5/15 shooting…5/14 from beyond the arc), Lester Abram with 14 points and 4 assists, and Courtney Sims with 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks. The Terriers were lead in their win by senior forward Ryan Butt with 14 points and 8 rebounds. For more on the game, click the following mgoblue links: (Game Recap, Boxscore, Notes, Quotes)

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