Michigan Fends Off No. 9 Minnesota for Road Victory
Nik Stauskas

Jan. 17, 2013

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Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (Williams Arena)
Score: #5 Michigan 83, #9 Minnesota 75
Records: U-M (17-1, 4-1 Big Ten), Minnesota (15-3, 3-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Jan. 24 -- vs. Purdue (Crisler Center), 7 p.m. (TV: ESPN)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 5 AP, No. 5 ESPN/USA Today) used double-digit runs in both halves to take down Minnesota (No. 9 AP, No. 12 ESPN/USA Today), 83-75, on Thursday night (Jan. 17) inside Williams Arena. Junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior), sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) and freshman guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) all finished in double-digit scoring with 21, 18, and 11 points, respectively.

Michigan shot 28-of-51 (55 percent) from the floor, including 10-of-20 (50 percent) from behind the arc, while Minnesota recorded 25-of-52 (48 percent) in the game. Nineteen of U-M's 28 field goals were assisted, and 24 points were scored off 15 Gopher turnovers.

After trailing 13-10 a little more than five minutes into the first half, the Wolverines went on a 16-3 run to gain the lead for good. A triple by Burke at the 13:06 mark gave U-M a one-point advantage, before freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesteron, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) grabbed a steal on Michigan's next defensive possession and finished with a fastbreak slam.

Then, with 11:02 on the clock, Hardaway nailed his third triple and followed with a jumper on Michigan's next possession to give the Maize and Blue a 21-15 edge halfway through the first half. Burke then knocked down a triple and jumper consecutively to put U-M up 26-16.

Minnesota responded, going on an 8-0 run to cut its deficit to just two points, but Hardaway drained another three-point field goal, with 5:22 to play in the half; and the Wolverines entered the locker room leading, 36-30.

U-M quickly retook a 10-point (42-32) advantage after back-to-back layups by senior/junior forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) followed by a fastbreak slam by Hardaway on its first three possessions out of halftime. Then, a basket by McGary at the 16:41 mark started a 14-3 run over the next three minutes to extend the lead to 19 (56-37). After triples by Burke and Stauskas, freshman guard Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) capped the run with a breakaway 360 dunk.

However, four three-point plays by the Gophers cut the Maize and Blue's edge to nine with a little more than eight minutes left in the game; but Robinson nailed a triple of his own a minute later to put Michigan up 69-56.

Minnesota whittled its deficit down to within seven but no closer.

The Wolverines will return to Crisler on Thursday (Jan. 24) when they host Purdue. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPN.

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