ANN ARBOR, Michigan (Ticker) -- After nearly getting knocked out of the game, Michigan's Daniel Horton knocked out Missouri.
Horton matched a season high with 20 points as Michigan edged Missouri, 65-64, in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
Horton hit the floor hard after missing a shot within 3:45 left and spent more than a minute on the bench. But he returned to make a crucial basket in the final minute, a running six-footer that gave the Wolverines (19-11) a 65-62 lead with 19 seconds to go.
After making the basket, the sophomore guard appeared to suffer a cramp in his right leg and dropped to the court in severe pain. He was able to limp to the bench under his own power.
Following a missed 3-pointer by Missouri's Ricky Paulding, Michigan's Bernard Robinson provided an opening by missing the front end of a 1-and-1 with 11 seconds remaining.
But the Tigers' hopes ended when Jimmy McKinney missed an open 3-pointer from the left corner. Arthur Johnson, who scored 26 points, converted a meaningless layup for Missouri (16-14).
Robinson added 14 points for the Wolverines (19-11), who will face Oklahoma or Louisiana State in the second round.