ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team dropped a home game for the first time this season, losing to Boston University 63-52 in front of 10,266 fans Tuesday night (Dec. 14) at Crisler Arena. Plagued by 11 first-half turnovers that led to 14 Terrier points, the Wolverines could not rebound in the second half against a pressing Boston defense that held U-M to 3-of-17 behind the three-point stripe.
Sophomore Brent Petway (McDonough, Ga./Griffin HS) led the Michigan effort by posting his first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, including eight defensive boards. Junior Chris Hunter (Gary, Ind./West Side HS) produced 13 points, while going 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.
After opening the game on a four-minute scoring drought in which U-M committed three turnovers, the Wolverines were able to get on the board with a Hunter three-pointer to bring the game within two at 5-3. Boston answered with a coast-to-coast lay up by Kevin Gardner, but Michigan responded with a Sherrod Harrell (Kalamazoo, Mich./Central HS) three-pointer to cut the BU lead to 7-6 at 14:30.
A Rashad Bell basket put Boston up 14-10 with 11:02 left, but the Wolverine defense tightened up by forcing the Terriers to a 3:18 cold spell, allowing U-M to go on a 8-0 run to gain a 18-14 advantage with 6:44 left. The run was jumpstarted with an electrifying Petway slam, which he followed with a layup and a pair of free throws.
Boston bounced back quickly by going on a 10-2 run of its own, gaining a four-point lead at 24-20 with 3:57 left in the first half. A Sims dunk brought Michigan within two, but two baskets by the Terriers gave them a 28-22 halftime lead.
Petway led the way for the Wolverines in the first half with six points and five boards, while Hunter chipped in with five points and two rebounds.
After a Terrier basket opened up the second half, Michigan responded with an 11-3 scoring outburst to gain a 35-33 lead with 13:40 left to go in the second half. The run, in which five different Wolverines scored, gave Michigan its last lead of the ballgame. The surge began on a jump shot by Harrell and was followed up by a Hunter three-point bucket. Sophomore John Andrews (West Bloomfield, Mich./Orchard Lake St. Mary's) turned in the play of the game, as he drove the baseline and pulled off a reverse layup to cut the BU lead to one point, 30-29. Andrews then drilled a short bucket thee minutes later to give the Wolverines their final lead of the contest, 35-33, with 13:40 left on the clock.
Following the Andrews jumper, Michigan suffered through a three-minute drought until freshman Ron Coleman (Romulus, Mich./Romulus HS) buried a shot to bring the Wolverines within three points, 40-37, with 10:38 remaining in the game. U-M failed to gain any ground, as they traded baskets with Boston over the next few minutes. Another Petway dunk brought Michigan within one point, 50-49, with 3:48 left, but a 13-3 Terrier run that included a 3:25 U-M scoreless streak closed out the ballgame and the BU victory.
The Wolverines will look to get back on track when they face the UCLA Bruins Saturday (Dec. 18) at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. PST.
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