March 13, 2007
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Jaycee Carroll scored a game-high 22 points, but he was the only Utah State player to score in double-figures as Michigan ended USU's season with a 68-58 win in the first round of the 2007 Mastercard National Invitation Tournament here Tuesday night.
Utah State concludes its season with a 23-12 record, while Michigan improves to 22-12 on the year and will play at Florida State in the second round of the NIT on Thursday night.
Michigan was led by Jerret Smith who scored 15 points, while DeShawn Sims scored 14 points. Durrall Peterson and Kris Clark each scored nine points for Utah State, while Stephen DuCharme added eight points.
After trailing by 12 points at the half, Utah State used a 10-2 run midway through the second-half to get within 54-53 with 8:36 remaining. Michigan answered USU's run by scoring 12 straight points to push the lead back to double-digits before winning by 10 points.
Utah State scored the first points of the game on a three-pointer by Carroll and led 21-20 with 9:38 remaining before Michigan ended the half on a 22-7 run.
In the first-half, Utah State shot just 41.4 percent from the field (12-29) as compared to 51.6 percent shooting for Michigan (16-31). Carroll led USU with 11 first-half points, while Sims had 11 for the Wolverines.
Utah State finished the game by shooting 41.8 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from three-point range, while Michigan shot 41.4 overall after converting on just 29.6 percent of its shots in the second-half. The Wolverines also out-rebounded USU 39-30, including a 13-7 advantage on the offensive boards.
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