College basketball notebook: Michigan bounces back from first loss, wins at Minnesota
Guard Austin Hollins of Minnesota, left, and Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr., reach for the ball during the first half.
Michigan brushed off that first loss in style. The fifth-ranked Wolverines weren’t fazed by another road game in a raucous arena of a highly ranked opponent.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points and Trey Burke had 18 points and nine assists to help Michigan stave off No. 9 Minnesota 83-75 last night in Minneapolis, after falling at rival Ohio State four days before for its first loss of the season.
“We came out with a higher intensity than last game and set the tone first,” said Burke, a Northland graduate: “We got our confidence back, and that’s important.”
The victory moved the Wolverines (17-1, 4-1) into a second-place tie in the Big Ten with Michigan State, a half-game behind Wisconsin (4-0). Ohio State and Indiana are each 3-1.
Hardaway hit four three-pointers in the first half for Michigan, which led for the final 33 minutes of the game.
Austin Hollins scored 21 points and Trevor Mbakwe had 13 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for the Golden Gophers (15-3, 3-2), who crept back in the game after falling behind by 19 points early in the second half but squandered some opportunities to really make the Wolverines worry. Joe Coleman missed 3 of 4 free throws in the final minutes. Burke stretched Michigan’s lead to nine with two free throws with 43 seconds left, effectively sealing a signature road victory.
Northwestern 68, No. 23 Illinois 54 — Reggie Hearn scored 20 points and Northwestern (11-7, 2-3) built an early lead using three-point shooting to hand host Illinois (14-5, 1-4) its third straight loss. The cold-shooting Illini closed to 48-39 on a free throw by Brandon Paul with 4:36 left, but they would get no closer. Paul finished with 21 points.
The Wildcats were 8 of 15 from three-point range, hitting five in the first half to build a 36-21 lead.
Illinois has lost five of seven after starting 12-0.
Top 25 highlights
No. 3 Duke 73, Georgia Tech 57 — Seth Curry scored 24 points and host Duke (16-1, 3-1) rebounded from its first loss to defeat Georgia Tech (10-6, 0-4) in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.
No. 24 UCLA 74, Oregon State 64 — Freshman Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 points for UCLA (15-3, 5-0), which defeated visiting Oregon State in a Pact-12 game for the Bruins’ 10th consecutive victory.
Walsh 78, Ohio Dominican 64 — Morgan Jones scored 14 points for host Ohio Dominican (3-13, 0-11), but Walsh (10-4, 6-4) took the lead to stay in the first five minutes and comfortably led the rest of the way in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game.
Big Ten women
No. 8 Penn State 84, Wisconsin 40 — Nikki Greene had a season-high 23 points and added 14 rebounds to lead Penn State (14-2, 4-0) to an easy home victory over Wisconsin (8-10, 0-5). It’s the Nittany Lions’ first Big Ten win of 40 or more points since the 2000-01 season.
No. 12 Purdue 75, Minnesota 67 — Sam Ostarello had 19 points and 14 rebounds and host Purdue (15-2, 4-0) defeated Minnesota (13-5, 2-2).
The Boilermakers never trailed after needing overtime to win their three most recent games.No. 25 Michigan 67, Northwestern 53 — Kate Thompson scored 23 points for Michigan (15-2, 4-0), which burst out to a 9-2 lead and remained in control throughout against host Northwestern (8-9, 0-4)
Michigan State 65, Iowa 54 — Klarissa Bell scored 25 points for host Michigan State (15-2, 3-1), which used a late 16-3 run to defeat Iowa (13-5, 2-2).
Illinois 62, Nebraska 52 — Karisma Penn had 12 points and 18 rebounds, and Illinois (10-7, 3-2) limited host Nebraska (12-6, 2-3) to its lowest-scoring output of the season.
Top 25 women’s highlights
No. 5 Kentucky 100, Mississippi State 47 — DeNesha Stallworth scored 25 points and host Kentucky moved to 17-1 for the best start in school history with a rout of Mississippi State (8-10, 0-5) in a Southeastern Conference game.
Stallworth was 9 of 15 from the field for the Wildcats (5-0 SEC).
Cincinnati point guard Cashmere Wright will be limited by a sprained knee — if he plays at all — when the Bearcats play host to No. 25 Marquette on Saturday. Wright averages 15.1 points, second on the team.