March 21, 2013
Site: Auburn Hills, Mich. (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
Event: NCAA Tournament (Second Round)
Score: #10 Michigan 71, South Dakota State 56
Records: U-M (27-7), SDSU (25-10)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 23 -- vs. VCU - NCAA Tournament Third Round (Auburn Hills, Mich.), 12:15 p.m. (TV: CBS)
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 10 AP, No. 11 Coaches) advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a 71-56 victory over 13th-seeded South Dakota State on Thursday night (March 21) at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The fourth-seeded Wolverines, who led by four at the break, outscored the Jackrabbits by 11 points in the second half to pull away.
U-M shot 28-of-55 (51 percent) from the floor in the game, including 9-of-20 (45 percent) from behind the arc while holding SDSU to just 23-of-52 (44 percent) from the field and 4-of-19 (21 percent) from three-point range.
Junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) and freshman guard Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) led the team in scoring with 21 points apiece, while freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesteron, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) also contributed in double-digit scoring with 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Michigan went scoreless for nearly six and a half minutes early in the first half, allowing South Dakota State an 11-0 run to take a six-point lead at the 11:35 mark. The Jackrabbits then went cold for six minutes themselves, as back-to-back triples by Hardaway ended U-M's scoring drought and sparked a 20-6 run. Freshman guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) continued the run with a three-pointer, before Hardaway nailed his third of the half, and sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) capped the run with a pair from the charity stripe.
SDSU made a three-point field goal with two minutes to play before the break, cutting the Wolverines' 27-19 lead down to five points. Then, baskets by South Dakota State sandwiched another triple by Hardaway, and Michigan entered the locker room with the 30-26 edge at the half.
Robinson opened up the second half scoring the first 11 points for the Wolverines, helping them to a 41-30 advantage at the 16:35 mark. The Jackrabbits cut their deficit down to six points over the next six minutes. However, Stauskas put together an old-fashioned three-point play, and Hardaway nailed a jumper and triple consecutively to put Michigan up 14 points (57-43) with nine minutes to play. After even play over the next five minutes, McGary threw down his second consecutive dunk, starting an 8-2 U-M run into the final minute of play.
Michigan will face Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday (March 23). Tipoff is slated for 12:15 p.m., and the game will be televised on CBS.
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