AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Glenn Robinson III and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points apiece, lifting Michigan to a 71-56 victory over South Dakota State in a second-round NCAA Tournament South Region game at The Palace on Thursday. Robinson's point total equaled his career high for fourth-seeded Michigan (27-7), which was upset as a No. 4 seed by Ohio in its tournament opener last season. The Wolverines advanced to play fifth-seeded VCU on Saturday. "It was critical," Michigan sophomore point guard Trey Burke said of Robinson's contributions. "He did a phenomenal job of picking and choosing when his shots were there. He knocked down open shots and played his tail off. He crashed the boards and got us some second opportunities. That's Glenn Robinson at his best." The duel between dynamic point guards never materialized. Burke, the Big Ten Player of the Year, scored six points on 2-for-12 shooting. Senior guard Nate Wolters, the Jackrabbits' all-time leading scorer, was held to 10 points while shooting 3-for-14. Burke briefly left the game with 11:01 remaining in the second half after hitting the back of his head and his elbow on the court going for a rebound. He returned with 9:23 left after an examination. Brayden Carlson's 20 points paced 13th-seeded South Dakota State (25-10), the Summit League champion. "We kind of held (Burke) in check, but other guys stepped up. They're a really talented team and tough to stop," Wolters said. "We couldn't buy a basket. We had some open looks, and some of them looked good but didn't fall." Burke found Robinson for a pair of corner 3-pointers to open the second half, giving Michigan a 36-26 lead. Robinson made another long range shot from the right wing to nudge the advantage to 41-30. A Carlson basket cut it to 49-43 before the Wolverines reeled off eight unanswered points, capped by a Hardaway 3-pointer, to regain control. Michigan's lead remained in double digits from that point. Hardaway's long-range prowess in the first half allowed the Wolverines to overcome Burke's 0-for-7 shooting and take a 30-26 halftime lead. South Dakota State had an early six-point lead, but Hardaway hit four 3-pointers to change the momentum. Wolters shot just 2-for-8 before the break, but Carlson came to his team's rescue, scoring 16 first-half points. NOTES: Wolverines freshman center Mitch McGary added 13 points and nine rebounds. ... Michigan was making its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, its longest streak since appearing in five straight from 1992-96. ... The schools had only met twice previously and not since Dec. 3, 1988, a 104-66 Wolverines victory in Ann Arbor. ... Baylor defeated South Dakota State 68-60 last season in the Jackrabbits' first trip to the tournament in school history. ... Carlson had only two games this season in which he scored more points than he had at halftime Thursday. ... VCU beat Akron 88-42 Thursday night.
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