Michigan wins at Minnesota in top-10 showdown
BY Associated Press
Friday, January 18, 2013
1/18/13 at 5:41 AM
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points and Trey Burke had 18 points and nine assists to help No. 5 Michigan stave off No. 9 Minnesota 83-75 on Thursday night in Minneapolis.
Hardaway hit four 3-pointers in the first half for the Wolverines (17-1, 4-1 Big Ten), who had the lead for the final 33 minutes of the game and finished with 13 steals to fuel their fast break. Nik Stauskas added 11 points.
Austin Hollins led the Gophers (15-3, 3-2) with 21 points and four steals, and Trevor Mbakwe had 13 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. Andre Hollins was drawn into early foul trouble, but he came alive after halftime to finish with 13 points and four assists.
The Gophers crept back in the game after falling behind by 19 points early in the second half. After Rodney Williams cut the margin to 77-70 with 2:40 remaining, the Gophers got the ball back but Williams had an open 3-pointer rim out and Andre Hollins had his putback attempt blocked underneath.
No. 3 Duke 73, Georgia Tech 57: In Durham, N.C., Seth Curry scored 24 points to lead Duke.
Mason Plumlee added 16 points and 13 rebounds after going just 2-for-12 during an awful first half, and the Blue Devils (16-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot 53 percent from the field over the final 20 minutes to bounce back from their only loss.
Freshman Chris Bolden's 20 points were the most scored by a Georgia Tech player this season.
But the Yellow Jackets (10-6, 0-4) had 21 turnovers in losing their fourth straight.
No. 10 Florida 68, Texas A&M 47: In College Station, Texas, Mike Rosario scored 19 points and Patric Young added 18 for Florida.
The Aggies led by one point midway through the first half before a big run by the Gators gave them a 35-18 halftime lead.
It was a letdown for Texas A&M (12-4, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), which was coming off an 83-71 victory at Kentucky on Saturday. Elston Turner scored a career-high 40 points in that win, but managed just four points Thursday on 1-of-10 shooting.
It is the fifth straight win for Florida (13-2, 3-0).
Jordan Greene had 12 points for the Aggies.
Northwestern 68, No. 23 Illinois 54: In Champaign, Ill., Reggie Hearn scored 20 points and Northwestern built an early lead using 3-point shooting to hand Illinois its third straight loss.
Illinois has lost five of seven after starting 12-0.
The Wildcats (11-7, 2-3 Big Ten) were 8 of 15 from 3-point range but hit five of those shots in the first half to build a 36-21 lead.
The cold-shooting Illini (14-5, 1-4) closed within 48-39 on a free throw by Brandon Paul with 4:36 to play.
Original Print Headline: Michigan downs Minnesota in top-10 test