Michigan Squanders Lead, Loses to Seton Hall by 2

Photo Credit:  Aaron J. Thornton
By Aaron J. Thorton
The #4 ranked Michigan Men’s Basketball team gave up an 11 point lead in the second half to lose their first game of the season to the Seton Hall Pirates.  The Pirates kept the game close throughout the first half finding themselves only down by three at halftime.  

Michigan came out strong after the break with an 8-1 run to extend their lead to 10 and forcing a Seton Hall timeout.  The Pirates never went away, eventually tying the game with less than five minutes left.  
After a media timeout, Devante’ Jones made a big 3-point field goal with 3:42 left to put Michigan up 60-57 but the Wolverines couldn’t stretch the lead out any more than that.  Bryce Aiken and Myles Cale made key free throws with under a minute left for the Pirates to put them ahead by two.  With less than five seconds left, Michigan’s Terrance Williams II drew a foul and had a chance to go to the line to again tie the game, however the first free throw was off the mark.  After making the second, the Seton Hall lead was cut to one point and a quick foul put Aiken back at the free throw line with 0.2 seconds left.  He made 1 of 2 shots and the game ended Michigan 65 – Seton Hall 67.

The Maize and Blue had difficulty hitting the 3 throughout the game, shooting only 20% (3/15) from behind the arc.  Hunter Dickinson led all scorers with 18 points to go along with 9 rebounds.  Eli Brooks finished with 17 points.  Jones had his first double double as a Wolverine scoring 11 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.  The Pirates were led by Jared Rhoden with 16 points.  

Michigan falls to 2-1 after the loss.  Seton Hall stays unbeaten at 3-0.  Next up for the Wolverines is UNLV Saturday back at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor.

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