Michigan Cannot Hold Off No. 15 Minnesota at Home

Jan. 22, 2011

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• Postgame John Beilein Audio: Press Conference
• Postgame Video: Highlights | Guard Tim Hardaway Jr. | Guard Stu Douglass

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: #15 Minnesota 69, Michigan 64
Records: U-M (11-9, 1-6 Big Ten), Minnesota (15-4, 4-3 Big Ten)
Attendance: 12,378
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Jan. 27 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 7 p.m. (TV: ESPN)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Freshman guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) scored a game-high 20 points, but the University of Michigan men's basketball team could not hold on to its 41-40 lead with 11:19 to play in the second half, eventually falling, 69-64, to Minnesota (No. 15 AP/No. 19 ESPN/USA Today) on Saturday night (Jan. 22) inside Crisler Arena. Also scoring in double digits for the Wolverines were sophomore guard Darius Morris (Los Angeles, Calif./Windward) and junior guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton), scoring 11 points apiece.

Michigan forced Minnesota into five turnovers and held the Gophers to just three points in the first five minutes of the game. The Wolverines forced Minnesota into 17 turnovers for the game, from which Michigan converted into 20 points.

With the game tied at 15-all at the 8:35 mark in the first half, the Wolverines started a 9-0 run, featuring triples from Hardaway, junior guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) and Novak. However, the Golden Gophers came back on a 9-0 run of their own, tying the game again at 24-24 with 3:56 to play. Michigan managed to take back the lead on a jumper from Hardaway, followed by a three-pointer from sophomore guard Matt Vogrich (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest), but Minnesota went on a 7-0 run to end the half, sending Michigan into the locker room trailing, 31-29.

U-M went the first seven minutes of the second stanza without a field goal, as Minnesota managed a 7-1 run. Finally at the 13:07 mark, Douglass' pass in the lane found open redshirt freshman Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) under the basket, setting a spark for the Wolverines with a dunk. Three straight three-pointers by Douglass, Hardaway, and Morris followed, giving Michigan a 41-40 lead.

The Golden Gophers answered, scoring five straight points, from which the Wolverines never recovered. Novak attempted to lead the team and regain the lead, scoring on a tip-in to bring Michigan back within two. However, Minnesota stretched its lead to eight with 5:33 remaining, and the Wolverines were unable to cut their deficit to any less than five the rest of the way.

Minnesota shot an impressive 63 percent (26-of-41) from the field and 50 percent (4-of-8) from behind the arc in the contest, while Michigan went 23-of-53 (43 percent) from the field and 12-of-35 (34 percent) from the three-point line. The Golden Gophers also dominated the boards, out-rebounding the Wolverines, 38-13.

Michigan returns to action this Thursday (Jan. 27) when it travels to play in-state rival Michigan State in East Lansing. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on the ESPN.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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