Burke, No. 7 Michigan cool off Illinois

Trey Burke had 26 points and eight assists to help No. 7 Michigan bounce back from a slow start to beat Illinois 71-58 Sunday. The Wolverines (23-4, 10-4 Big Ten) shook off a sluggish first half with a strong second half to win consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month.

The Fighting Illini (20-9, 7-8) had won five straight, a streak that started Feb. 7 by beating top-ranked Indiana.

Michigan played for the first time in a week and looked rusty and sloppy early, turning the ball over the missing open shots.

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Trey Burke finds Jon Horford for easy slam:

Joseph Bertrand gets fouled, lands hard on floor:

Jordan Morgan no-look pass set up Glenn Robinson III slam:

Glenn Robinson III steals it and slams it:

Glenn Robinson III rises for two-hander:

Nnanna Egwu tips it in:

Jon Horford elevates for slam:

FINAL: Trey Burke scored 26 points, grabbed three rebounds and handed out eight assists as No. 7 Michigan defeated Illinois 71-58 on Sunday at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. Michigan (23-4) shot 51 percent from the field (25-of-49) and also received double-digit contributions from┬áTim Hardaway Jr. (13 points) and Glenn Robinson III (10). Illinois (20-9) got double-digit efforts from D.J. Richardson, Brandon Paul, and Tracy Abrams, who each scored 10. Michigan won the free throw battle, shooting 71 percent (15-of-21) from the charity stripe, compared to 64 percent (9-of-14) for the Fighting Illini. The win for the Wolverines breaks Illinois’ five-game winning streak.

HALFTIME: Illinois is dominating the rebounding battle so far, with a 21-13 margin, and Fighting Illini have a 31-28 lead over No. 7 Michigan. Brandon Paul, who has a game-high 10 points, banked in a 3-pointer in the final seconds to break a tie score. The Fighting Illini applied the pressure in the first half, earning second-chance opportunities with 11 offensive rebounds, to just four for Michigan. Seven Illinois players scored in the half. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the way for the Wolverines in the first half, with eight points and three rebounds.

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