Wolverines Stung by No. 4 Georgia Tech in Challenge

ATLANTA, Ga. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team suffered a 99-68 defeat to No. 4 Georgia Tech Tuesday night (Nov. 30) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The Yellow Jackets (4-0) turned in a remarkable effort on both ends of the court, shooting 59 percent from the field, including 13-of-24 from three-point range, and creating 28 points off 19 U-M turnovers. Georgia Tech, which committed just nine turnovers the entire game, went on a 20-0 run in the first half to take a 30-9 lead that it would never relinquish.

Michigan (3-3) received strong efforts from its big men, led by sophomore Courtney Sims' (Roslindale, Mass./Noble & Greenough School) 17 points and eight rebounds. Junior Chris Hunter (Gary, Ind./West Side HS) and sophomore Brent Petway (McDonough, Ga./Griffin HS) both set season-high outputs in points, scoring 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Junior Graham Brown (Mio, Mich./Mio-AuSable HS) had a solid effort with a season-best nine boards, while sophomore John Andrews (West Bloomfield, Mich./Orchard Lake St. Mary's) scored a career-high five points in his first start as a Wolverine.

Georgia Tech's backcourt trio of B.J. Elder, Will Bynum and Jarrett Jack combined for 62 points. Elder finished with a game-high 27 points, including an impressive 7-of-9 shooting from behind the arc.

The Yellow Jackets got off to a fast start on the offensive end, connecting on five of their first seven shots, including two triples by Bynum. Despite Geogia Tech's hot shooting, the Wolverines were able to stay within one point of the lead early in the first half. Sims scored U-M's first points on a put-back jam, while Brown knocked down a pair of free throws on the next possession. Sophomore Dion Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford HS) kept Michigan in contention with a triple from the corner, and Andrews collected two points off his own offensive rebound to cut the deficit to 10-9 with 17:01 left in the half.

Andrews' basket would be Michigan's last for almost five minutes, while Georgia Tech continued to scorch the net with a 20-0 run to take a 30-9 lead with 12:42 remaining until halftime. The Yellow Jackets converted on eight on their 10 field goal attempts during the surge, executing on a number of fast-break opportunities and continuing to light it up from behind the arc.

Harris drilled his second triple of the game at 12:24 to break the drought and cut the lead to 18 points, and junior Daniel Horton (Cedar Hills, Texas/Cedar Hills HS) followed with his first basket on the break to cut the deficit to 30-14. However, Luke Schenscher knocked down back-to-back jumpers and Georgia Tech's tandem of Bynum and Jack combined for a pair of transition layups to provide the Yellow Jackets with a comfortable 38-14 advantage with 8:04 left in the half.

Petway shaved the lead down to 20 points with a two consecutive baskets down low, and Andrews followed with his second career three-pointer. A Horton dunk off an inbounds pass made the score 30-14 in favor of the Yellow Jackets with 4:35 left.

Georgia Tech continued to find the bottom of the net, scoring its next 12 points from behind the three-point line to increase the cushion to 25 points, 53-28, with less than two minutes remaining until the break. Sims and Hunter accounted for Michigan final nine points of the half, while Jack's last-second jumper gave the Yellow Jackets a 52-39 lead heading into the locker room.

Georgia Tech finished the first half shooting a sweltering 59 percent from the field, including 9-of-15 from long range. The Yellow Jackets forced 12 U-M turnovers and scored 20 fast-break points in the first frame.

The Yellow Jackets continued to execute in the opening minutes of the second half, scoring a majority of their points inside the paint. The Wolverines were also able to produce inside to start the half, scoring six of their first eight points in the post to stay within 25 points, 67-42, with 16:08 left in the game.

Elder continued his spectacular performance with two more triples over the next three minutes, as the Yellow Jackets jumped out to an 87-52 lead with 8:02 left on the clock. Sims and Hunter continued their strong second-half play by combining for 13 of Michigan's 16 points over a five-minute span, while freshman Ron Coleman (Romulus, Mich./Romulus HS) nailed his first career triple at 6:58.

The Wolverines gave a valiant effort until the game clock expired, with Petway collecting two more buckets in the closing minutes and Sims capping off the U-M scoring with a short jumper at 2:01.

Michigan will look to break a three-game losing streak when it hosts nationaly ranked Notre Dame (No. 20 Associated Press, No. 19 ESPN/USA Today) this Saturday (Dec. 4) at Crisler Arena. Game time is set for noon on ESPN. A limited number of tickets are available through the U-M Athletics Ticket Office.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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