Second-Half Virginia Run Sends Wolverines to Defeat
Evan Smotrycz

Nov. 29, 2011

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• Postgame Audio: Trey Burke | Zack Novak

Site: Charlottesville, Va. (John Paul Jones Arena)
Event: ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Score: Virginia 70, #14 Michigan 58
Records: U-M (5-2), Virginia (6-1)
Next U-M Game: Saturday, Dec. 3 -- vs. Iowa State (Crisler Arena), Noon

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 14 AP/No. 15 USA Today) lost for just the second time this season as a 19-2 second-half run by Virginia resulted in a 70-58 Cavalier win on Tuesday (Nov. 29) at John Paul Jones Arena.

Senior guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) led Michigan with 12 points and two steals, while freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) garnered 11 points, four rebounds and four assists. Sophomore forward Evan Smotrycz (Reading, Mass./New Hampton Prep [N.H.]) also tallied 10 points to go along with his five boards.

The Wolverines shot 44 percent from the field (22-of-53), including 45.5 percent (9-of-25) from behind the arc, but the Cavaliers capitalized on Wolverine mistakes, scoring 13 points off Michigan turnovers and 13 second-chance points.

The two teams exchanged three-point baskets to start the game, but neither could pull away as the score remained tied midway through the opening period as U-M was shorthanded with sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) on the bench early with two fouls. Burke responded by hitting a three-pointer over a Cavaliers defender to give the Wolverines a 13-10 lead, before Novak sank a jump shot to extend the lead to five -- the largest of the game for the Maize and Blue. As the clock wound near the two-minute mark, the Cavaliers tied the game at 19 before taking a 24-23 lead with less than 30 seconds, which they held into the break.

Only four Wolverines -- Burke, Novak, Hardaway and junior/sophomore forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) -- scored in the half.

The second half started similarly to the first, with multiple ties and lead changes, before Hardaway scored a three to give the Wolverines their third five-point lead of the game, 39-34, with 13:42 left in the game. Shortly after, the Cavaliers went on a 19-2 run that spanned seven minutes and the Wolverines were unable to climb back into the game in the remaining minutes, losing in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the first time since 2009.

The Wolverines will return home to host Iowa State on Saturday (Dec. 3) at noon inside Crisler Arena. The game can be seen live on the Big Ten Network.

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