ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Seton Corridor pulled off one in every of its greatest wins in class historical past and coach Kevin Willard merely shrugged his shoulders as a result of he was not shocked by the consequence.
Jared Rhoden scored 16 factors, serving to the Pirates rally to beat No. 4 Michigan 67-65 on Tuesday night time.
It was Seton Corridor’s first win on the highway over a nonconference group ranked among the many prime 5, and its first victory towards a top-five group since knocking off Temple within the second spherical of the 2000 NCAA Event.
“That is the place we’re as a program,” stated Willard, who’s in his twelfth season with the Pirates. “I anticipated us to win this recreation. This wasn’t a shock to me.
“We are able to play anyone within the nation and we’ve executed that within the final seven years.”
Willard led Seton Corridor to 4 straight NCAA Event appearances from 2016 to 2019 earlier than the pandemic ended a probably promising run two years in the past and a COVID-19 outbreak stunted his group final season.
The Wolverines (2-1) had an opportunity to increase the sport with 0.8 seconds left, however Terrance Williams missed the primary of two free throws.
In contrast to the 1989 nationwide championship recreation wherein Rumeal Robinson made free throws to seal a victory for Michigan over Seton Corridor, the maize and blue didn’t observe the identical script.
“I’ve watched the sport like 5 occasions,” Willard stated. “It was an outstanding recreation. It was like this, a very, actually good basketball recreation.”
The Pirates (3-0) trailed by 11 factors early within the second half and took the lead with 1:15 left for the primary time since late within the first half.
“There have been loads of errors made defensively all through 40 minutes of play,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard stated.
Bryce Aiken made two free throws with 32 seconds left, giving Seton Corridor a 65-64 lead that it stored after Michigan’s Eli Brooks missed a brief shot on the following possession.
Myles Cale then made the second of two free throws, giving the guests a two-point lead that proved to be the distinction.
“We made (free throws) they usually missed a tricky one,” Willard stated.
Aiken, who was 4 of 6 on the line, and Detroit native Tray Jackson every had 13 factors for the Pirates.
Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson had 18 factors and 9 rebounds, Brooks scored 17 and DeVante Jones added 11 factors and 12 rebounds.
Brooks lamented what the Wolverines did offensively late within the recreation.
“Simply caring for the ball, ensuring we get a shot each time down the ground, that’s essential,” he stated.
The Wolverines had been 3 of 15 on 3-pointers and made simply 42% of their photographs general.
“Should you maintain somebody to 68 factors in a recreation, you’re gonna win that recreation loads of the occasions,” Brooks stated. “We simply didn’t do job of valuing the basketball.”
A pair hours earlier than the sport, Michigan introduced Howard agreed to a five-year extension that retains him below contract via the 2025-26 season. … Michigan will slip from its lofty rating and the Pirates will doubtless earn a spot subsequent week within the AP Prime 25.