ANN ARBOR - The Michigan basketball team dropped a 69-64 decision to the No. 19-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday night at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor.
Michigan was led by 20 points from Tim Hardaway Jr. Darius Morris and Zack Novak finished with 11 points each for the Wolverines, but no other Wolverines finished in double figures. Novak and Hardaway also led Michigan with three rebounds each.
Ralph Samson III and Trevor Mbakwe led Minnesota with 13 points. Blake Hoffarber added 12 and Rodney Williams finished with 10. Minnesota out rebounded the Wolverines 37-11 in the contest.
In the first half the teams exchanged leads with Michigan opening a 24-15 lead with just more then six minutes left on the clock. Zack Novak hit from deep to give U-M the nine-point edge following a Stu Douglass triple that made it 21-15.
Minnesota used a 9-0 run over the next three minutes to tie the score 24-24. Hoffarber connected from deep and Rodney Williams tied it with a layup.
Michigan built a slim lead following the Gophers run, but Minnesota again answered with the last seven points of the half to claim a 31-29 edge at the break.
In the second half Michigan rallied from a nine-point deficit minutes into the stanza to claim a brief 41-40 lead in a Darius Morris triple with with 11:19 left in the contest. Hardaway Jr. and Stu Douglass also added three-pointer's in the run.
Minnesota built the lead back to six points at 49-43 with 6:38 remaining in the contest on a Gerald Armelin jumper. Hardaway Jr. ended the Minnesota run with a made free throw, but Rodney Williams hit from deep to make it 52-44.
With 2:46 remaining the lead ballooned to 10 points and Michigan would not get within less than six until less then 30 seconds remained in the contest.
Michigan's next chance to snap their skid is Thursday night at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
No. 19 Minnesota Beats Michigan 69-64
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