Michigan 83, Minnesota 75By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Thu, Jan 17, 2013 9:30 PM EST
MINNEAPOLIS -- Michigan guards Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. weren't going to let the Wolverines lose a second consecutive game. It didn't matter where Thursday night's game was played. Four days after the Wolverines sustained their first loss of the season, Burke and Hardaway led No. 5 Michigan to an 83-75 victory over No. 9 Minnesota. Hardaway led all scorers with 21 points, and Burke added 18 as the Wolverines picked up their first road win against a top-10 team since 1996. With the victory, Michigan (17-1, 4-1 Big Ten) moves into a tie for second in the Big Ten with Michigan State. The loss drops Minnesota (15-3, 3-2) two games behind undefeated Wisconsin in the loss column. Austin Hollins led Minnesota with 21 points, while Trevor Mbakwe and Andre Hollins each added 13 for the Gophers. Leading 36-30 at halftime, the Wolverines broke the game open during the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second half. Holding Minnesota to only two field goals in that stretch, Michigan went on a 20-7 run to open up a 19-point lead. Nik Stauskas and Glen Robinson III capped the run in a 10-second stretch. First Stauskas, who finished with 11 points, buried a 3-pointer. After an immediate Minnesota turnover, Robinson went in alone for a 360-degree dunk that gave Michigan a 56-37 lead with 13:36 to play. Behind two 3-pointers by Austin Hollins, Minnesota cut the Michigan lead to single digits with eight minutes to play, but the Wolverines made enough plays to keep a comfortable cushion. Minnesota did close within 78-71 with 51 seconds to play, but Michigan made five free throws in the final minute to seal the victory. Playing in front of a loud sellout crowd at Williams Arena, Minnesota jumped to a 13-10 lead early. But the Gophers quickly lost Andre Hollins -- Minnesota's leading scorer -- to foul trouble. Andre Hollins, who scored 25 in Saturday's loss at Indiana, picked up his second foul with 13:25 to play in the half, went to the bench and didn't play again until the second half. With Andre Hollins on the bench, the Wolverines quickly scored the next six points and went on a 15-3 run. When Burke hit a pull-up 15-footer with 7:53 to play, Michigan led 26-16 and Minnesota coach Tubby Smith was forced to call timeout. Without their point guard, the Gophers offense sputtered and Minnesota went 6:27 without a field goal. Julian Welch, Minnesota's third point guard, gave the Gophers a spark late in the first half and kept his team in the game. After averaging two points per game in the first four Big Ten games, Welch made two 3-pointers and scored eight points in the final 7:40 of the first half. After Hardaway put Michigan up five with 5:17 to play in the half, Welch answered and got Minnesota within three, 29-26. The Gophers got within two with just less than four minutes to play, but Michigan got two baskets from Hardaway and one from Burke to stretch its lead to six, 36-30, at the break. NOTES: The game was the first at Williams Arena between two top-10 teams since No. 5 Michigan played the 10th-ranked Gophers on Feb. 7, 1977. ... One thing was certain entering the game, the loser would have a losing streak for the first time this season. Minnesota lost Saturday at Indiana, while the Wolverines lost Sunday at Ohio State. ... Michigan has won eight of the past 10 games in the series, including a game in last season's Big Ten tournament.
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