Jan. 21, 2012
Site: Fayetteville, Ark. (Bud Walton Arena)
Score: Arkansas 66, #20 Michigan 64
Records: U-M (15-5), Arkansas (14-5)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, Jan. 24 -- at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.), 7 p.m. (TV: ESPN)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- After trailing by as many as 20 points in the first half, the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 20 AP/No. 19 USA Today) rallied to get within two, but freshman guard Trey Burke's (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) last-second three-point attempt rolled around the rim and out, resulting in a 66-64 loss at Arkansas on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 21) inside Bud Walton Arena.
Behind five triples, senior guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) led the Wolverines with team highs in both points (17) and rebounds (8). Junior/sophomore freshman forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) finished with 16 points, 12 of which came in the second half, and six rebounds, while Burke added 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
After trailing, 46-33, at the half, the Razorbacks extended their lead to 16 off a three-point field goal on their first possession out of the break, before the Wolverines responded with a 10-0 run, holding Arkansas scoreless for 4:45 in the process. It was Morgan's run, as he scored the first eight points on a layup followed by three consecutive slams, until Novak picked up an offensive rebound and layup to cap the scoring drive at the 15:14 mark.
Arkansas, however, extended its lead to 13 once again over the next 10 minutes. Down, 61-48, U-M used a 12-1 run to get within two, for the first time since the start of the game, with 3:40 left to play. After Morgan picked up his third fastbreak dunk of the game, Burke and Novak nailed back-to-back triples to cap the run.
Then with 7.6 seconds left on the clock, Michigan was down, 66-64, and called a 30-second timeout to draw up a play for its last possession. Under pressure, Burke found a clean but unsuccessful look from behind the arc as the game clock expired.
In the first half, the Wolverines struggled to contain the fast-paced Razorbacks, who went 11-of-11 from the floor out of the gates, including four from downtown, en route to a 29-10 lead at the 10:24 mark. A Burke layup put an end to a 9-0 Arkansas run, but the Razorbacks used an old-fashioned three-point play to earn their largest lead of the game, 34-14, with 6:32 left in the half.
Michigan chipped away at Arkansas' lead over the remainder of the half, as Novak nailed his third triple with 28 seconds left to send U-M into the locker room trailing by 13. Despite making five from behind the arc, the Wolverines shot just 11-of-28 (39 percent) from the floor in the half, while the Razorbacks finished 17-of-26 (65 percent) from the floor.
The Wolverines are back in action on Tuesday (Jan. 24) when they travel to West Lafayette to play Purdue. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423