Burke, Hardaway Combine for 52 in U of M Triumph over WVU in Brooklyn
Sophomore guard Trey Burke and junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. combined for 52 pointsto propel the University of Michigan men's basketball team past West Virginia, 81-66, in the Brooklyn Winter Hoops Festival on Saturday at the Barclays Center.
Burke scored a season-high 27 points, converting a career-high 12 field goals (12-for-16), and dished out eight assists, while Hardaway matched a season best with 25 points. Freshman guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) joined Burke and Hardaway in double figures with 10 points.
The Wolverines shot 56 percent (28-for-50) from the floor while holding the Mountaineers to just 39 percent (20-for-52), including 27 percent (8-for-30) in the second half.
Holding an 11-point advantage at the break, Michigan used a 9-2 run, including five points from Hardaway, to extend its lead to 18 points (52-34) by the 17:44 mark of the second half. After exchanging baskets for nearly six minutes, a monster one-handed dunk in transition by freshman guard Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) and another transition dunk by Burke helped U-M maintain a 17-point advantage (63-46) with 9:39 remaining in the game.
West Virginia slowly clawed its way back, and a steal and a dunk by WVU's Juwan Staten with 5:17 remaining in the game brought the Mountaineers within eight, 69-61.
However, Michigan's free throw shooting help ward off the comeback attempt, as the Wolverines went 8-for-10 from the free throw line in the final 4:09 of the game to secure the 15-point victory.
Michigan constructed a 19-4 run in the opening five minutes of the game and led the entire 40 minutes for the sixth time this season.
The Wolverines held a 17-point lead (24-7) just 6:47 into the game, but the Mountaineers cut Michigan's lead to 10 with 9:27 on the clock. Back-to-back transition baskets by freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesteron, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) and Burke, helped extend U-M's lead back to 15 (32-17) with 6:49 remaining in the opening half.
West Virginia then used a 10-0 run throughout the next two-and-a-half minutes to slash Michigan's advantage to just five points (32-27) by the 4:22 mark. After trading baskets for nearly three minutes, consecutive field goals by Hardaway and Burke pushed the Wolverines' lead back to 11, 43-32, at the half.
Burke led the charge in the first half, scoring 17 points on 8-for-10 shooting, and dished out five assists. He tallied half of Michigan's 16 first-half field goals (16-for-28), helping the Maize and Blue shoot 57 percent in the opening 20 minutes.
Michigan will return to Ann Arbor to host Eastern Michigan at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday (Dec. 15) in a doubleheader with the women's basketball team (Valparaiso, 6 p.m.) at Crisler Center. The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.