U-M Rallies Past Gophers in OT Behind Clutch Three, Burke's 30 Points
Trey Burke

March 9, 2012

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Site: Indianapolis, Ind. (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Quarterfinals)
Score: #10 Michigan 73, Minnesota 69 (OT)
Records: U-M (24-8), MIN (18-14)
Next U-M Game: Saturday, March 10 -- vs. Ohio State - Big Ten Tournament Semifinals (Indianapolis, Ind.), approx. 4:05 p.m. (TV: CBS)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland) tallied a career high with 30 points to lead the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 10 AP, No. 13 ESPN/USA Today) past Minnesota, 73-69, in overtime today (Friday, March 9) in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Wolverines now advance to Saturday's (March 10) semifinal game against No. 7 Ohio State at 4:05 p.m. on CBS. It is the second straight season the Wolverines have advanced to the conference semifinals.

Burke finished the game 11-for-14 from the field, including 3-for-4 from long range. He also added two rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a pair of steals. After scoring just two points in the first half, sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) netted 18 second-half points to finish with his sixth 20-point performance of the season.

With 22 seconds remaining in regulation and Michigan trailing by three, the Wolverines inbounded the ball and quickly reversed it to sophomore forward Evan Smotrycz (Reading, Mass./New Hampton Prep [N.H.]), who drained the game-tying three-pointer from the right wing. Minnesota's last-second shot attempt hit the rim and bounced out to send the game to overtime.

Senior guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) started extra minutes off with his only three-point field goal of the game to make it 59-56. A triple by Burke and a floater in the lane by Douglass as the shot clock was running out put the Wolverines up, 64-57, with 2:16 to play. Minnesota pulled within two, but Michigan maintained its lead and sunk all four free throw attempts down the stretch to seal the victory.

Minnesota opened the game on a 5-0 run and pushed its lead to eight, 9-1, before Michigan notched its first field goal at the 13:26 mark of the first half. Off a Hardaway steal, he connected with Burke for a fast-break layup to make it 9-3.

Burke helped the Wolverines remain close, scoring nine points in a span of 3:58. His final three-pointer over that stretch brought Michigan within three, 15-12, with 8:02 remaining in the opening stanza.

Michigan constructed a 6-0 run, compliments of buckets from Burke and junior/sophomore forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) and a pair of three throws from junior guard Matt Vogrich (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) to tie the game for the first time since the opening tip, 20-20, at the 1:51 mark.

Minnesota's Austin Hollins knocked down his second triple of the half with 1:18 left in the half to give the Gophers the 23-20 advantage at the half. Burke led all scorers with 13 points in the opening half on 5-for-7 shooting, including a perfect 2-for-2 from downtown.

Hardaway exploded out of the break, scoring Michigan's first nine points to help the Wolverines take their first lead of the night, 27-25, by the 18:22 mark. He connected on his first three shots and also went 2-for-2 from the charity stripe throughout that stretch.

The teams exchanged baskets before a pair of free throws by Hardaway and a dunk by Morgan gave Michigan a 35-31 lead with 14:32 remaining. Minnesota clawed back to regain the lead at the 9:14 mark and then back-to-back threes by Gopher Julian Welch and a fast-break dunk by Rodney Williams increased Minnesota's lead to nine, 54-45, by the 4:37 mark.

Within the next 1:03, a strong drive to the rim by Burke and a three by senior guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind. /Chesterton) cut Minnesota's lead to four, 54-50, with 3:34 to play. After a Gopher field goal on the other end, Novak responded with another triple to cut Minnesota's lead back to three, 56-53, with 1:12 left in the second half.

Novak's two three-pointers in the final 3:34 of regulation were his only field goals of the night.

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