ANN ARBOR, Mich -- The No. 2 ranked Michigan Wolverines shook off a stubborn and methodical Nebraska team Wednesday night and remained unbeaten with a 62-47 Big Ten win.
Michigan, which tied the best start in school history with its 16th straight victory, led by just five points with seven minutes left in the game before finally opening up some breathing room.
A pair of free throws from Tim Hardaway Jr. gave Michigan a 53-42 advantage with just under five minutes left, the first double-digit lead of the night for the Wolverines.
Point guard Trey Burke led Michigan (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten) with 18 points, while Glenn Robinson III had 14, and Hardaway had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Nik Stauskas added 13 for the Wolverines.
Nebraska (9-7, 0-3) was led by Ray Gallegos with 19 points and Dylan Talley with 12.
After leading just 25-20 at the half, the Wolverines pushed the advantage to 39-30 about five minutes into the second half as Burke scored on a drive and then drilled a jump shot. The lead was still nine when Stauskas hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 11:30 to play.
The 3-point shooting of Gallegos kept the Huskers close, and it was a triple from Gallegos that made it a 47-42 game with about seven minutes left.
Michigan made the lead nine points on a Mitch McGary basket with 5:33 left, and after a miss by the Cornhuskers, Hardaway went to the line and gave his team that 11-point margin.
Hardaway hit a basket with just over a minute left to keep Michigan's advantage at 58-47, and the Wolverines hit their free throws to stretch the lead over the final moments.
The Wolverines, who averaged better than 90 points per game over their first two Big Ten contests, got off to a sluggish start against the Cornhuskers, and led just 7-6 about six minutes into the game.
Nebraska found the grinding pace in the early stages of the game to its liking and stayed with the Wolverines, moving in front 12-11 on a jump hook by Brandon Ubel with eight minutes gone in the opening half.
A triple from the top of the key by Burke with 8:30 left in the half allowed Michigan to open up an 18-12 advantage with a seven-point run. But each time Michigan started to open up a bit of a lead, Nebraska answered, with 3-pointers from Gallegos and Talley keeping it close.
The Cornhuskers got within one with about four minutes left in the first half, and trailed just 25-20 at the break as Michigan, clearly knocked out of its comfort zone with the slow pace set by Nebraska, hit just 10-of-31 from the field over the first 20 minutes, and 1-of-10 from outside the arc.
Notes: Michigan entered the Big Ten game against Nebraska as one of just four unbeaten teams in the country, joining Duke, Wyoming and Arizona. . .While Nebraska has struggled offensively this season, averaging just 59.1 points, the Huskers have been sound on defense, holding eight their opponents to 60 points or less . . . The Wolverines have averaged 84.3 points per game through their first 15 contests and outscored their opponents by an average of 26.7 points per game. . .When the Huskers started both Shavon Shields and Benny Parker in a recent loss to Wisconsin, it marked the first time in a 76-game stretch that Nebraska had multiple freshmen in its starting lineup. . . Michigan leads the nation in fewest fouls per game with just 11.9.