Burke Provides Heroics as Michigan Slides Past No. 9 Spartans
After his steal and slam put the Wolverines ahead with 20 seconds left, sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland) intercepted a pass on the Spartans' final possession, pushing the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 4 AP, No. 4 ESPN/USA Today) past Michigan State (No. 9 AP, No. 10 ESPN/USA Today), 58-57, on Sunday afternoon (March 3) inside a Maized-Out Crisler Center.
U-M prevailed despite not hitting a three-pointer all game and playing the majority of the contest without freshman guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]), who left in the first half after being elbowed in the head.
Glenn Robinson IIIBurke finished with 21 points, eight assists, five steals and five rebounds. Freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy) was the only other Wolverine in double-figure scoring with 11 points.
Neither team led by more than three until an MSU triple by Travis Trice gave the Spartans a four-point lead, 13-9, with 14:04 to play in the half.
U-M used a 7-2 burst to take an 18-17 lead, but Michigan State answered back with seven of the next nine to push its lead back to four, 24-20, with seven minutes to play in the opening stanza.
A jumper from Gary Harris and a pair of free throw by Derrick Nix pushed the Michigan State lead to seven, 31-24, its largest of the half, with a little more than a minute to play before the intermission. U-M trimmed the Michigan State lead to just three, 31-28, with a layup by Burke and a layup from freshman guard Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) just before the end of the half.
Adreian Payne led all scorers with 12 points in the opening 20 minutes; Burke paced the Wolverines with 11. Michigan State connected on 45.5 percent (5-of-11) of its first-half three-point attempts, while U-M came up empty on six three-point shots.
Mitch McGary and Trey BurkeThe Wolverines scored the first eight points of the second half and held MSU scoreless for more than five minutes to take a 36-31 lead. Redshirt junior forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) scored the first two buckets of the half, before McGary and LeVert added baskets.
McGary sparked the Wolverine offense early in the second half with eight points in the first 10 minutes, leading U-M to a 42-35 advantage.
The Spartans pulled back within four, 46-42, before layups from Burke and freshman forward Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) pushed the lead to eight, 50-42, with five minutes remaining, forcing a Michigan State timeout. After MSU cut the U-M deficit, Burke made a pair of free throws to give the Wolverines a 52-42 lead.
Michigan State slashed the U-M lead in half as Gary Harris made a basket and got fouled. He missed the free throw, but Payne grabbed the offensive rebound and converted a three-point play. The lead was then trimmed to just three when Payne made two more free throws, cutting the lead to 52-49 with 3:22 to play.
The Wolverines pushed the lead back to seven, 56-49, but five straight from Harris and a pair of free throws by Keith Appling tied the game, 56-56, with less than a minute to play.
Still tied, Burke came up with a steal near midcourt and went uncontested for a jam with 22 seconds remaining to give U-M a 58-56 lead.
After Nix hit a free throw to bring MSU within one, U-M missed a free throw on the other end, giving the Spartans a chance, down one, with 4.9 seconds left. Following a timeout, Burke got a deflection and a steal to seal a Michigan victory.
Payne led Michigan State with 17 points and 12 rebounds; Harris added 16 points for the Spartans.
Michigan will return to action on Wednesday (March 6) when it travels to West Lafayette, Ind., to face Purdue. The game against the Boilermakers is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be televised on the Big Ten Network.