Michigan sneaks past Minnesota in OT
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Trey Burke posted a career-high 30 points as No. 10 Michigan rallied from a six-point deficit late in regulation to post a 73-69 overtime victory over Minnesota in a Big Ten quarterfinal.
Tim Hardaway, Jr. totaled 20 points for the Wolverines (24-8), who will face Ohio State in a Saturday semifinal.
"We maintained our composure the whole game," Burke said. "Once they went up, we just continued to huddle up every kind of ball and every chance we got. We just kept telling each other that we weren't going to win it on the offensive side; it was going to be the defensive side that was going to help us come out with the win. That's what we did."
Andre Hollins scored 21 points and dished out six assists for the Gophers (19-14), who had bested Northwestern in their tourney opener on Thursday.
"This is a great experience for all of us," Hollins said. "I think it's a testament to what we can do as a team. Unfortunately, we didn't execute at the end."
Rodney Williams picked up 20 points and Austin Hollins added 11 in defeat.
Burke hit two from the line with 1:46 left in overtime to make it 66-60, but Andre Hollins connected from long distance. Jordan Morgan hit 1-of-2 from the line before Hollins made both for a 67-65 game with 1:02 remaining.
Burke's layup was countered by two more Hollins free throws, but Burke and Hardaway hit four straight from the charity stripe sandwiched around a missed three from Chip Armelin and the game finally belonged to Michigan.
The Gophers shot just 33.3 percent from the floor in the first half, yet emerged with a 23-20 lead.
Minnesota's 13-4 run which started after the midway portion of the second half eventually provided a 54-45 margin with 4:37 remaining after a Williams dunk, then a Burke layup and Zack Novak trey shrunk the Wolverines' deficit to four.
Joe Coleman's bucket with 1:32 to play gave Minnesota a 56-50 edge, but Michigan was not to be denied.
Novak hit from long distance on the next time down court to get Michigan back within three, then Evan Smotrycz hit an open trey with 17 seconds left for a 56-56 deadlock.
A driving layup from Andre Hollins on the Gophers' possession fell short, then Smotrycz grabbed the rebound and appeared to call timeout before falling out of bounds under the basket with two-tenths of a second left.
After a review, the clock was reset to 1.1 seconds, but Williams missed a contested jumper in the lane.
Michigan took both meetings this season with Minnesota, and posted its 80th win in 139 all-time matchups over the Gophers...Burke ended up 11-of-14 from the field, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc...Andre Hollins connected on just 2-of-9 threes, part of the Gophers' 9-of-23 shooting from long distance.
03/10 00:43:29 ET