In the opening minutes of Tuesday night's contest with the Boston University Terriers, the Michigan Wolverines attempted six three-pointers. They only made two. As bad as that shooting trend was, (and it would get worse), the Maize and Blue was able to overcome it for a while.
Chris Hunter got the home team off the snide with an early trifecta and a couple of free throws, giving his team its first lead of the game, 8-7 with 13:34 remaining. Minutes later after the teams exchanged leads, Brent Petway picked up where his fellow post-man left off. "Air Georgia" scored six unanswered points, (two coming on a breakaway dunk), and put Michigan back out front again 16-14. A dunk from Sims pushed the lead to four, but that is as large as the lead would get. Three-pointers from Matt Wolff and Bryan Geffen help key a 14-4 Terrier run in the final seven minutes that sent the visitors into the half with a 28-22 lead.
Brent Petway shoots over Boston's Rashad Bell
Boston was aided in the initial stanza of play by their fullcourt press and low-post double-downs, which help force the Wolverines into 11 early turnovers. The lack of ball security continued in the second half and clearly frustrated Michigan coach Tommy Amaker. "It's very disappointing because we work so hard in practice against exactly what we saw tonight in the game," Amaker said of the pressure defense. "As a coach, anytime you prepare for something and you don't execute, it's disappointing. We did a poor job. Our post players were turning it over inside, we didn't collapse at times and we didn't kick it out at times when we needed to."
Michigan finished the first-half 7/11 from the field and 2/11 from three, but they seemingly came out of that funk early in the second. A jumper from Sherrod Harrell and Chris Hunter's second three of the game sparked an 11-5 Michigan run that knotted the score at 33 with 15:55 left on the clock. On the subsequent possession, John Andrews delivered on his second strong move to the bucket for a lay-in to give the Wolverines a 35-33 advantage. That, unfortunately, was the last lead they would see.
Chaz Carr nailed a three to regain the lead for Boston, and the Terriers would not look back. Carr converted another triple two minutes later to push the lead to six. The Wolverines kept the visitors in their sights, even cutting to lead to one (50-49 at the 4:30 mark) thanks in large part to five straight points from Chris Hunter, but the Terriers pulled away late.
Nine unanswered points by the visitors gave them a 59-49 lead with 49 seconds remaining, and that was the knockout blow. During the run the Wolverines were 0/3 from three-point range. Two of those misses came from Ronald Coleman (who was 0/7 from deep) and one came from Dion Harris (who was 0/6 from deep).
Boston's 53-52 victory ended a 10-game home winning streak for the Wolverines that extended back to last season. The Terriers were led by Chaz Carr with 16 points, while Brent Petway led the Wolverines with the first double double of his career, notching 13 points and 11 boards. For more on the game, click the following links: (Boxscore, Notes, Quotes).
Michigan will try to rebound from this setback Saturday versus UCLA at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.