"We had the mindset of being down 10 the minute we got off the bus," Hardaway said. It worked. The No. 5 Wolverines and the No. 9 Gophers both lost over the weekend, but Michigan played with greater urgency and purpose in an 83-75 victory over Minnesota on Thursday. Hardaway led all scorers with 21 points, and Trey Burke added 18 as Michigan bounced back from Sunday's loss at Ohio State. The result was the first road win against a top-10 team for the Wolverines since 1996. "We set the tone right away with defense," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "We got stops out of the (start of the) game and out of the beginning of the second half. Tim Hardaway was just sensational in the first half, offensively and defensively." It was exactly the kind of response Beilein had hoped to see from his very young team. "When you don't lose often, they hit hard," he said. "It is important for our mental health, it's good for us going forward." 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. Gophers coach Tubby Smith was clearly discouraged with the way his team responded after Saturday's loss at Indiana. "We just got outplayed tonight," Smith said. "I was disappointed we didn't raise our level of play tonight to the level I thought we needed to." That was especially the case early in the second half after Michigan took a 36-30 lead at the break. Playing in front of a loud, sold-out home crowd, Smith hoped his team would feed off that energy and make an immediate push at the Wolverines. "You would think so," Smith said. "But it was just the opposite. I was just disappointed with how we responded." 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. "We knew that they were going to come out fired up, and we just wanted to make sure that our defense was really solid and we limited them to one shot," Hardaway said. "It was great to see everybody handle it." Minnesota, which rallied in the loss at Indiana, didn't give up. But the Gophers never really made it a game either. Austin Hollins made a pair of 3-pointers to cut the Michigan lead to single digits with eight minutes to play, but the Gophers never got closer than seven points the rest of the way. Even though Michigan didn't make a field goal over the final six minutes, the Wolverines made enough free throws to finish the victory. When it was over, the Wolverines players knew they had completed an important task if they want to contend for a conference title. "It's real big," Burke said. "We got our confidence back, we bounced back the right way. It could have went the other way where we had two losses in a row on the road, but we came out with a lot of intensity." NOTES: Burke played much of the game wearing a jersey with No. 12 on it after his No. 3 jersey ripped in the first half. When he put on No. 12, Wolverines assistant coach LaVall Jordan told his point guard that he was wearing John Stockton's number. "I know I have a long ways to go, but I just tried to represent it the right way." Burke said he will go back to No. 3 for next week's game against Purdue. ... The game was the first at Williams Arena between top-10 teams since No. 5 Michigan played the 10th-ranked Gophers on Feb. 7, 1977. ... Minnesota has a losing streak for the first time this season. ... Michigan has won nine of the past 11 games in the series.
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