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Michigan advances in NIT

Mar 14, 2007 - 1:55 AM ANN ARBOR, Michigan (Ticker) -- Michigan looks to go one step further in the National Invitation Tournament this season.

Jerret Smith scored 15 points to lead the third-seeded Wolverines to a decisive first-round victory over Utah State, 68-58.

Smith, a 6-3 sophomore guard, took only six shots from the field but played a role in the two most important runs of the game for Michigan, which lost the NIT championship game to South Carolina in 2006.

The Wolverines (22-12) went into the half with a 40-28 lead after closing the opening 20 minutes with a 20-7 run. Smith scored the final five points of the half, including nailing a 3-pointer with four seconds left to push the lead to double digits.

The Aggies (23-12) pulled to within 54-53 when Durrall Peterson connected from beyond the arc with 8:18 remaining in the game.

Michigan followed Peterson's 3-pointer with a 12-0 run over the next seven minutes, during which Smith scored seven points, to put the game out of reach.

DeShawn Sims scored 14 points and Brent Petway added 12 for the Wolverines, who outrebounded Utah State, 39-30.

Michigan, the No. 3 seed in the North Region, will play at Florida State on Thursday.

Junior guard Jaycee Carroll led the Aggies with 22 points.








  • NIT NORTH REGION
    NCAA BB NIT NORTH REGION
    FINAL 1ST 2ND TOTAL
    --- --- -----
    UTAH ST 28 30 58
    MICHIGAN 40 28 68 FINAL

    Mar 13 8:50 PM


  • NIT NORTH REGION
    NCAA BB (6) UTAH ST 28
    (3) MICHIGAN 40 HALFTIME

    Mar 13 7:45 PM