College basketball notebook: Michigan dominant in Big Ten opener
Burke teams with Hardaway to bury Northwestern
Michigan’s Trey Burke, left, tries to get past Northwestern’s Dave Sobolewski during a chase for the ball. Burke, a Northland grad, scored 23 points in the Wolverines’ 94-66 victory.
Trey Burke scored 23 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 21 and second-ranked Michigan overwhelmed host Northwestern 94-66 last night to remain undefeated.
Off to their best start since they opened the 1985-86 season 16-0 , the Wolverines (14-0) had no trouble in the Big Ten opener after breezing through the nonconference portion of their schedule. They built a 21-point halftime lead with Burke and Hardaway Jr. leading the way and were never challenged by Northwestern (9-5).
“14-0, that’s a great start — and 1-0 in the Big Ten — but we’ve got to keep the attitude where guys are still doubting us,” Burke said.
Michigan shot 59.6 percent overall and made 13 of 22 three-point attempts, with the two guards doing most of the damage. Burke shot 9 of 16 overall and hit 4 of 6 three-point tries. Hardaway was 6 of 8 from the field and 4 of 5 from long range, and the ankle injury that kept him out of the previous game didn’t seem to be an issue.
Burke, who had been averaging a team-leading 17.8 points, scored 15 in the first half. Hardaway added 12 points, hitting all four three-point tries, and Michigan barely broke a sweat before taking a 51-30 halftime lead.
“I guess that’s what happens when you’re running the fast breaks and getting easy baskets,” Hardaway said.
Burke, a sophomore and Northland grad, did his best to bury Northwestern almost as soon as the game started.
He scored 13 straight points Michigan to help the Wolverines grab a 20-4 lead.
Big Ten/Top 25 men
Wisconsin 60, Penn State 51 — Ryan Evans had 13 points and nine rebounds, and host Wisconsin (10-4) held off Penn State (8-5) in a Big Ten opener.
Penn State trailed 50-49 with under three minutes left, but the Badgers finished the game on an 11-2 run.
Ben Brust and Jared Berggren also scored 13 points each for Wisconsin. Jermaine Marshall scored 19 for Penn State.
No. 3 Arizona 92, Colorado 83, OT — Kevin Parrom got five of his 16 points in overtime after host Arizona (13-0) staged an improbable late rally in regulation, and the Wildcats defeated Colorado (10-3) in a Pac-12 opener.
The Wildcats outscored the Buffaloes 10-2 over the final 1:35 of regulation to force the overtime. Arizona trailed by 16 with 12:40 left.
Capital 68, Denison 45 — Spencer Niekamp scored 22 points and Capital (7-4) rolled to a nonleague victory over host Denison (4-7).
The Crusaders went on a 12-0 run that gave them a 19-point lead with 2:50 remaining.
Dimonde Hale scored 12 points for the Big Red.
Lake Superior State 93, Ohio Dominican 57 — Brandon Carr scored 15 points, but Ohio Dominican (3-9, 0-7) fell behind by 29 at the half and lost the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game to host Lake Superior State (6-4, 4-3).
Big Ten women
No. 9 Penn State 73, Northwestern 69 — Dara Taylor made a layup with 1:26 left and host Penn State (11-2) converted a late turnover into another key basket to defeat Northwestern (8-6) in a Big Ten opener.
After Taylor skipped around a defender for the basket and a 66-65 lead, the Lady Lions double-teamed the Wildcats’ Kelly Roser at midcourt. She lost the ball, and Ariel Edwards hit a layup for a 68-65 lead with 52 seconds left.
Northwestern led 60-54 with 4:47 left but played the final six minutes without two of their top players after Danielle Diamant and Kendall Hackney fouled out.
Michigan State 66, Minnesota 51 — Kiana Johnson scored 17 points, going 9 of 9 from the free-throw line, and host Michigan State (13-1) dominated the second half in a Big Ten-opening victory over Minnesota (11-4).
Michigan 65, Indiana 48 — Sam Arnold scored 17 points to lead host Michigan (12-2) past Indiana (9-5) in a Big Ten opener.
Top 25 women
No. 3 Duke 67, North Carolina State 57 — Haley Peters had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help Duke (12-0, 2-0) defeat host North Carolina State (8-6, 0-2) in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.
No. 6 Kentucky 76, Florida 69 — A’dia Mathies scored 20 points and Jennifer O’Neill had 12 of her 17 in the second half for host Kentucky (13-1), which ran its winning streak to 12 games by defeating Florida (11-4) in a Southeastern Conference opener.
No. 15 North Carolina 60, No. 8 Maryland 57 — Brittany Rountree scored 13 points and host North Carolina (14-1, 2-0 ACC) defeated Maryland (10-3, 1-1) despite hitting just 1 of 7 free throws in the final minute.