No. 5 Wolverines win battle over No. 12 Gophers

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points and Trey Burke had 18 points and nine assists to help No. 5 Michigan stave off No. 12 Minnesota 83-75 on Thursday night.

Hardaway hit four 3-pointers in the first half for the Wolverines (17-1, 4-1 Big Ten), who had the lead for the final 33 minutes of the game and finished with 13 steals to fuel their fast break. Nik Stauskas added 11 points.

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FINAL: Behind a solid offensive effort, No. 5 Michigan defeated No. 12 Minnesota 83-75 on Thursday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Michigan (17-1) hit 55 percent of its field goals (28-of-51). The Wolverines shot 10-of-20 from three-point range during the game, good for 50 percent. Michigan shot 17-of-25 from the free throw line.

The Wolverines were tough on the offensive boards, grabbing 12. Michigan seized command early in the second half. The Wolverines were winning 38-32 early in the second half before they went on an 18-5 run to extend their lead to 19 points midway through the second half. Minnesota (15-3) can look to its performance from the charity stripe as one of the factors in the loss, as the Golden Gophers shot  63 percent (17-of-27) from the line.

Tim Hardaway Jr. sparked Michigan, as he contributed 21 points, grabbed four rebounds, had three assists, shot 7-of-8 from the field, and shot 4-of-5 from long range in the victory. The Wolverines also got double-digit contributions from Nik Stauskas (11 points) and Trey Burke (18 points). Austin Hollins scored 21 points, pulled down seven rebounds, made 7-of-12 shots from the floor, and went 4-of-7 from beyond the arc for Minnesota in the game.

The Golden Gophers hit 47 percent of their field goals (25-of-53). Minnesota was on fire from beyond the arc during the game, shooting 44 percent (8-of-18). The Golden Gophers were tough on the offensive boards, grabbing 22. Trevor Mbakwe stuffed the statsheet for Minnesota with a double-double. He scored 13 points, yanked down 10 rebounds, and went 4-of-7 from the field. The Golden Gophers also got solid contributions from Rodney Williams Jr. (11 points) and Andre Hollins (13 points). Minnesota lost despite outrebounding Michigan 41-28.

HALFTIME: Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 points for No. 5 Michigan in the first half to carry the Wolverines to a 36-30 lead over No. 12 Minnesota. Minnesota goes into the break with the offensive rebounding advantage, with eight to Michigan’s six. The Golden Gophers racked up eight assists on 11 baskets. Eight Minnesota players scored in the first half. The Wolverines hit six threes in the first half, shooting 55 percent from deep. Michigan moved the ball in the first half, accounting for nine assists on 14 field goals. Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe had a big first half, with four points and six rebounds.

Rodney Williams slams it down.

Austin Hollins cleans up with a dunk.

Trevor Mbakwe dunks on Michigan.

Michigan’s Nik Stauskas dunks on Minnesota

Glenn Robinson III took it home for a 360-degree dunk at the other end.

Mitch McGary dunks on the Gophers.

Tim Hardaway Jr. with an assist from Trey Burke.

Tim Hardaway Jr. sends it in again.

Glenn Robinson slams it home.

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