|#5 Michigan (17-1, 4-1)||36||47||83|
|#9 Minnesota (15-3, 3-2)||30||45||75|
After suffering defeat for the first time on Sunday, Michigan answered bounced back with an impressive performance on the road in one of the Big Ten’s toughest venues. The Wolverines knocked off the 9th-ranked Minnesota Gophers 83-75 for their first road win over a top 10 team since beating Duke in 1996.
Just like in Sunday’s loss to Ohio State, scoring was hard to come by at the beginning, as Michigan scored just two points in the first three-and-a-half minutes. But the difference in this one was that the game didn’t get away from them during that time as Minnesota only managed six points.
Two threes by Tim Hardaway Jr. tied the game at 10 heading into the first TV timeout. Gopher Austin Hollins hit a three out of the break, but a free throw followed by a three by Hardaway gave Michigan a lead it would never relinquish. The Wolverines carried a 36-30 lead into the half.
In the second, Jordan Morgan scored the first two baskets for Michigan and a Hardaway dunk opened up a 10-point lead. Michigan continued to pull away over the next few minutes, punctuated by a Glenn Robinson steal at midcourt and 360 dunk that silenced the Gopher crowd. Michigan led 56-37.
However, just like Minnesota did against Indiana last week, they started chipping away at the lead. But the closest they would ever get was seven. The final six minutes of the game became a free throw competition and Michigan hit enough of them – and Minnesota didn’t – to seal the win.
Hardaway led the way for Michigan with 21 points and six rebounds on 4-of-5 three-point shooting. Trey Burke matched his season average with 18 and dished out nine assists. Nik Stauskas was the only other Wolverine in double figures with 11. Robinson and Morgan each added nine, while Mitch McGary scored eight.
Michigan shot 54.9 percent for the game and hit 10-of-20 three-pointers, while Minnesota shot 48.1 percent and was also 50 percent from downtown. Michigan pulled in just 25 rebounds, a season low, compared to Minnesota’s 33, but the Gophers are one of the best rebounding teams in the Big Ten.
Michigan now gets a week off before hosting Purdue (9-8, 3-2) next Thursday and then visiting Illinois (14-4, 1-3) on Sunday.
|Final Game Stats|
|01||Glenn Robinson III*||3-8||1-3||2-2||0||5||5||4||9||1||1||0||3||33|
|10||Tim Hardaway Jr.*||7-8||4-5||3-6||1||4||5||2||21||3||6||2||3||37|