Dec. 15, 2012
Site: New York, N.Y. (Barclays Center)
Score: #3 Michigan 81, West Virginia 66
Records: U-M (11-0), West Virginia (4-5)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Dec. 20 -- vs. Eastern Michigan (Crisler Center), 8:30 p.m. (TV: BTN)
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) and junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) combined for 52 pointsto propel the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 3 AP, No. 3 ESPN/USA Today) past West Virginia, 81-66, in the Brooklyn Winter Hoops Festival on Saturday (Dec. 15) at the Barclays Center.
Burke scored a season-high 27 points, converting a career-high 12 field goals (12-for-16), and dished out eight assists, while Hardaway matched a season best with 25 points. Freshman guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) joined Burke and Hardaway in double figures with 10 points.
The Wolverines shot 56 percent (28-for-50) from the floor while holding the Mountaineers to just 39 percent (20-for-52), including 27 percent (8-for-30) in the second half.
Holding an 11-point advantage at the break, Michigan used a 9-2 run, including five points from Hardaway, to extend its lead to 18 points (52-34) by the 17:44 mark of the second half. After exchanging baskets for nearly six minutes, a monster one-handed dunk in transition by freshman guard Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) and another transition dunk by Burke helped U-M maintain a 17-point advantage (63-46) with 9:39 remaining in the game.
West Virginia slowly clawed its way back, and a steal and a dunk by WVU's Juwan Staten with 5:17 remaining in the game brought the Mountaineers within eight, 69-61.
However, Michigan's free throw shooting help ward off the comeback attempt, as the Wolverines went 8-for-10 from the free throw line in the final 4:09 of the game to secure the 15-point victory.
Michigan constructed a 19-4 run in the opening five minutes of the game and led the entire 40 minutes for the sixth time this season.
The Wolverines held a 17-point lead (24-7) just 6:47 into the game, but the Mountaineers cut Michigan's lead to 10 with 9:27 on the clock. Back-to-back transition baskets by freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesteron, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) and Burke, helped extend U-M's lead back to 15 (32-17) with 6:49 remaining in the opening half.
West Virginia then used a 10-0 run throughout the next two-and-a-half minutes to slash Michigan's advantage to just five points (32-27) by the 4:22 mark. After trading baskets for nearly three minutes, consecutive field goals by Hardaway and Burke pushed the Wolverines' lead back to 11, 43-32, at the half.
Burke led the charge in the first half, scoring 17 points on 8-for-10 shooting, and dished out five assists. He tallied half of Michigan's 16 first-half field goals (16-for-28), helping the Maize and Blue shoot 57 percent in the opening 20 minutes.
Michigan will return to Ann Arbor to host Eastern Michigan at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday (Dec. 20) in a doubleheader with the women's basketball team (Valparaiso, 6 p.m.) at Crisler Center. The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
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