Michigan Edges Butler, 78-74
Nov. 26, 2005
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Daniel Horton scored 28 points, including eight in the final 49 seconds, and Courtney Sims added 21 to lead Michigan to a 78-74 victory over Butler on Saturday.
Lester Abram also had 15 points for the Wolverines (3-0), who have not lost to Butler on Michigan's home court since December 1962.
A.J. Graves and Brandon Polk scored 24 and 23 points, respectively, for the Bulldogs (2-3), who were playing their fifth straight road game.
Michigan used a 7-0 run early in the second half to build a 44-34 lead. Butler immediately responded by scoring 20 of the next 24 points to take a 54-48 lead with 11:49 remaining. Polk sparked the Bulldogs run with nine points.
The Wolverines rallied with a 10-2 spurt to regain a 64-63 lead with 4:53 left. There were two lead changes and one tie before Horton gave Michigan a 72-70 lead with 49 seconds remaining. Horton added six free throws in the closing seconds to seal the win.
Butler held Michigan scoreless on four of its first five possessions as it raced out to an 8-2 lead. Sims put the Wolverines in front for the first time, 16-15, with 8:16 left in the first half. Michigan then ran off 21 of the next 35 points to take a 37-29 halftime lead.