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NCAA Game Summary - Minnesota at Michigan



(Saturday, March 1st)

Final Score: (16) Michigan 66, Minnesota 56

Ann Arbor, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Nik Stauskas hit five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 21 points and the 16th-ranked Michigan Wolverines took down Minnesota, 66-56, to claim at least a share of the Big Ten regular season title.

Caris LeVert and Glenn Robinson III added 13 and 12 points, respectively, with Spike Albrecht adding a crucial seven off the bench and Jordan Morgan grabbing 10 rebounds in the triumph. Michigan (21-7, 13-3 Big Ten), which shared the title with Michigan State last season, moved two full games ahead of the Spartans on top of the standings. The Wolverines will travel to Illinois on Tuesday before hosting Indiana next Saturday to wrap up the regular season.

"These guys set a goal and they're almost all the way there," said Michigan head coach John Beilein. "That's really rewarding."

Austin Hollins paced Minnesota (18-12, 7-10) with 16 points and Andre Hollins chipped in 10. The Golden Gophers have lost seven of their last 10 tilts.

"They're such a good offensive team," praised Minnesota coach Richard Pitino. "They make you pay. Not only does he (Beilein) run great stuff, they've got great players."

The teams traded blows early on, with Minnesota claiming a 13-7 lead midway through the first half after Daquein McNeil's layup. But as has been the trend for Michigan in conference play, it came alive late in the opening period.

Morgan and Stauskas bookended a 9-2 run with layups to put the Wolverines in front. Stauskas and LeVert then canned 3s around an Elliott Eliason bucket for a six-point margin.

After Andre Hollins hit a jumper 1:46 before halftime, Stauskas brought the crowd to its feet with an alley-oop toss to Robinson, who threw it down with two hands in traffic. Stauskas then found space in the corner and potted a triple, and LeVert's steal led to another Robinson alley-oop, this time a layup from Stauskas.

The late burst gave the Maize and Blue a comfortable 31-20 cushion.

It was 41-30 after yet another Stauskas 3-ball six minutes into the second half, but the Wolverines went cold after that and allowed the Gophers back in it.

Minnesota kept it close but never got over the hump. Charles Buggs' triple near the midway point of the second half made it 44-41. The lead was down to two with seven minutes left when Robinson scored four straight, including another jam and a putback layup. It was back to two when Albrecht corralled an offensive rebound and fed Jordan Morgan for a layup just before the final media timeout.

Albrecht carried Michigan down the stretch, hitting a pair of free throws before unleashing a deep 3 with a minute left to seal the outcome.

Game Notes

The Wolverines have now won six straight in the series and 10 of the last 11 ... Michigan shot 50 percent (25-of-50) from the field ... Minnesota outscored Michigan 32-24 in the paint ... The Gophers made just 5-of-18 from the arc.

03/01 22:55:30 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUR 8
GWI 6
 
5:05pm Tonight
DUR
GWI
 
Final
PHI 1
ATL 0
Final
BAL 5
BOS 7
Final
NYY 6
NYM 1
Final
DET 1
CLE 13
Final
CIN 3
CHC 7
Final
TAM 12
TOR 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 2
9th
CWS 2
KAN 2
 
Final
MIL 0
STL 3
Final
COL 6
SFG 4
9th
ARI 1
PIT 4
 
9th
OAK 0
HOU 0
 
7th
ANA 1
TEX 2
 
7th
SDP 0
LOS 2
 
Final
SEA 2
MIN 0
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
CIN
CHC
 
2:10pm Today
CWS
KAN
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
HOU
 
4:05pm Today
NYY
NYM
 
4:10pm Today
MIA
WAS
 
6:10pm Tonight
TAM
TOR
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
 
7:05pm Tonight
BAL
BOS
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIL
STL
 
8:10pm Tonight
ARI
PIT
 
8:10pm Tonight
COL
SFG
 
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SDP
LOS
 
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ANA
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SEA
MIN
 
Final
DAL 128
HOU 130
Final
WAS 106
TOR 99
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SAN 100
LAC 73
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BRK
ATL
 
5:30pm Tonight
MIL
CHI
 
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NOP
GSW
 
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POR
MEM
 
Final
MON 1
OTT 5
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NYR 2
PIT 1
Final
STL 1
MIN 4
 
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NYI
WAS
 
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TAM
DET
 
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CHI
NAS
 
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CAL
VAN
 
Final
DUR 8
GWI 6
 
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GWI