Nov. 27, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Event: Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Score: #3 Michigan 79, #18 North Carolina State 72
Records: U-M (6-0), N.C. State (4-2)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Dec. 1 -- at Bradley (Peoria, Ill.), 3 p.m. CST (TV: ESPNU)
Postgame Feature: Burke Breaks Out in Second Half to Reach Double-Double
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A career-high 20 points by freshman guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) and sophomore guard Trey Burke's (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) first career double-double (18 points and 11 assists) helped the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 3 AP/No. 3 USA Today) defeat N.C. State (No. 18 AP/No.18 USA Today), 79-72, on Tuesday night (Nov. 27) at Crisler Center in the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
After leading by as many as 15 points in the second half, N.C. State cut Michigan's lead to five points with 2:11 left on the clock, as Michigan went 0-for-6 from the field over five minutes of play. However, a basket by junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) at the 1:38 mark ended the Wolverines' shooting drought and started an exchange of baskets by both teams, allowing U-M to emerge with the win.
Trailing 10-9 just five minutes into the game, the Wolverines used a 21-6 run over the next seven minutes to take the lead, which they kept for the remainder of the game. Hardaway started the run when he converted a jumper and a triple on consecutive possessions, and it was capped by a two-handed slam from freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]), followed by another three-pointer from Stauskas.
The Wolfpack fought back with a 13-4 run of their own to cut the U-M's advantage to 34-29 with 3:30 left in the half but did not surge any further as Stauskas nailed his third triple of the game to halt the run. Both teams exchanged baskets over the remainder of the half and U-M entered the locker room leading, 43-36.
The first four minutes in the second half featured even play until Burke stole the ball at midcourt and finished with a two-handed dunk, starting an 11-4 run that pushed Michigan's lead to 14 points (62-48) at the 12:32 mark. The game continued with even play until N.C. State's late-game run.
Michigan shot 27-of-54 (50 percent) from the floor, while N.C. State converted 32-of-56 (57 percent) in the game. However, U-M knocked down 9-of-24 (38 percent) from behind the arc and held the Wolfpack to just 2-of-8 (25 percent). The Wolverines also forced N.C. State into 18 personal fouls, from which they converted 16-of-20 (80 percent) at the free throw line.
Ten of Michigan's 79 points came off N.C. State's 13 turnovers, while U-M committed a season-low six turnovers, including a 25-minute span without a turnover.
The Wolverines will return to the hardwood on Saturday (Dec. 1) when they travel to Peoria, Ill., to face Bradley. Tipoff is slated for 3 p.m. CST and the game will be televised on ESPNU.
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