Nov. 22, 2011
Site: Lahaina, Hawaii (Lahaina Civic Center)
Event: 2011 EA Sports Maui Invitational
Score: #6 Duke 82, #15 Michigan 75
Records: Michigan (4-1), Duke (6-0)
Next U-M Game: Wednesday, Nov. 23 -- vs. UCLA - Maui Invitational (Lahaina, Hawaii), 2:30 p.m. HST (7:30 p.m. EST)
LAHAINA, Hawaii -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 15 AP/No. 15 USA Today) suffered its first loss of the season on Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 22), an 82-75 setback to Duke (No. 6 AP/No. 6 USA Today) in the semifinals of the 2011 EA Sports Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center.
The Wolverines will now face UCLA tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 23) in the consolation game at 2:30 p.m. HST (7:30 p.m. EST). Duke advanced to the title game tomorrow at 5 p.m. HST (10 p.m. EST) and will play Kansas.
Four Michigan players scored in double figures, with sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) scoring all of his team-high 19 points in the second half. Meanwhile, freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland) tallied a career-high 17 points and nine assists. Junior/sophomore forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) and senior guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 and 11, respectively. Morgan's point total was a season best, while his six rebounds matched his season high.
Duke came out of the gates from the opening tip with a 9-0 run, going 4-for-7. After missing its first four shots, Michigan clawed its way back, starting with a monster dunk from Morgan at the 15:56 mark.
The Wolverines continued to chip away at the Blue Devils' lead and a goaltending call on a layup attempt from Burke brought them within two, 11-9, with 11:42 remaining in the first half. Senior guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) scored five points during that stretch.
The Blue Devils then went on a 17-4 run to increase their advantage to 30-15 at the 4:46 mark, but a pull-up jumper by Burke slowed Duke's offensive attack. The two teams traded buckets for the final four minutes of the half and U-M trailed 34-22 at the break.
U-M opened the second half scoring 11 of the first 14 points to quickly cut Duke's lead to four, 37-33, 2:28 into the half. The Wolverines remained close and a deep three-pointer from Burke made it 51-45 in favor of the Blue Devils at the 12:39 mark.
Duke pulled away once again, using a 14-4 run to take its largest lead of the game (17), 66-49, with 7:25 left to play. Michigan fought back once again and 10 points from Hardaway and a three-pointer from Novak brought the Maize and Blue within five, 76-71, at the 30-second mark. However, Blue Devil free throws produced the final score of 82-75.
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