MINNEAPOLIS - The Michigan basketball team improved to 18-12 on the season and 8-9 in Big 10 play with a 70-63 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis. Tim Hardaway Jr. finished with 22 points to lead U-M.
In the first half Hardaway Jr. scored 12 of his 22 points opening 4-for-4 from behind the arc to help Michigan build an 18-10 lead. Zack Novak and Stu Douglass also added triples in the opening minutes as the Wolverines started 6-for-6 from the field.
Michigan maintained that lead and built a 29-20 edge on another Hardaway Jr. triple with 7:57 left in the half. Stu Douglass then added a triple with 5:45 to go to give Michigan its biggest lead of the game, a 35-23 edge.
The Wolverines wouldn't score over the last five minutes of the half, though, and it took until 16:46 remained in the second half for U-M to hit it's next bucket. When Darius Morris scored to open U-M's second half scoring it ended a 14-0 Minnesota run and tied the score 37-37.
Blake Hoffarber and Ralph Sampson III scored the next 13 points for the Golden Gophers as the two teams exchanged buckets. Darius Morris, Jordan Morgan and Stu Douglass all scored for the Wolverines.
The teams exchanged buckets with Minnesota holding a slim 62-61 lead with less then two minutes left when Zack Novak hit a triple to put Michigan on top for good. Novak finished a Morris dish to go up 64-62.
On Minnesota's next possession Novak stole a Gopher entry pass into the post and fed Darius Morris for an and-one layup that put U-M up 67-62. Michigan then put the game away at the free throw line.
The Wolverines end the regular season with a 2:00 p.m. tilt on Saturday at Crisler Arena against the rival Michigan State Spartans.
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