Douglass, Clutch 'D' Extend U-M's Win Streak over No. 9 Spartans
Stu Douglass

Jan. 17, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #20 Michigan 60, #9 Michigan State 59
Records: U-M (15-4; 5-2 Big Ten), MSU (15-4; 4-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 21 -- at Arkansas (Fayetteville, Ark.), 1 p.m. CST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio (Northland HS) fed senior guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) for the go-ahead score with 35 seconds left and the Wolverine defense thwarted Michigan State's (No. 9 AP/No. 9 USA Today) last-second try, giving the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 20 AP/No. 19 USA Today) a 60-59 triumph on Tuesday (Jan. 17) inside Crisler Center. Burke scored a game-high 20 points to lead U-M to its third straight win over the Spartans.

Michigan held the Spartans to a season-low 59 points, keeping them without a field goal in the last 4:21 of the game. Senior guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) and sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) also contributed in double-digit scoring, chipping in 10 points apiece.

After seven straight points by Burke gave the Wolverines their largest lead of the game, 47-36, with a little more than 12 minutes to play in the game, the Spartans responded by going on a 16-2 run to earn their first lead at 52-49. Burke halted the run by converting a triple to tie the game with five and a half to play.

The teams exchanged baskets for the next four minutes and Michigan State held a 59-58 edge with a minute and a half to play. The Spartans ran nearly a minute off the clock on their next possession but failed to score on all their attempts. After grabbing a defensive rebound, Burke found Douglass for the game-winning basket with 35 seconds left in the game. After a Michigan State timeout, redshirt sophomore forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) blocked MSU guard Keith Appling's shot on the Spartans' last possession and Michigan State forward Draymond Green's mid-range jumper missed, securing the victory.

The Wolverines jumped out on a 13-4 run in the first five minutes of the game. A Morgan block and defensive rebound on MSU's first possession sparked the effort and Novak capitalized with a triple on the other end. After layups from Morgan and Douglass, respectively, Burke and Novak capped the run with back-to-back three-point field goals.

Then at the 6:49 mark, Michigan State cut its deficit to four off a three-point field goal. However, after knocking down a pair of free throws, Hardaway blocked a shot and Douglass found Morgan under the basket for a hook shot on the other end. With the Crisler Center crowd erupting after the play, Burke stole the ball from MSU's Green as he was crossing half-court and finished with a contested layup to give U-M a 10-point lead, 30-20, at the 5:25 mark.

Over the next 4:15, the Wolverines remained scoreless as the Spartans netted nine straight points to cut their deficit to one. On its next possession, U-M went back up five after Douglass was fouled on his made three-point field goal and drained the subsequent free throw. Then, Hardaway picked up a steal and was fouled on his fastbreak layup before making two from the charity stripe to give Michigan the 36-29 lead with 37 seconds remaining, an advantage it carried into the half.

The Wolverines will travel to Arkansas on Saturday (Jan. 21) to play a non-conference matchup against the Razorbacks. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m. CST and the game will be televised nationally on CBS.

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Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423

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