NCAA Game Summary - West Virginia vs. Michigan|
(Saturday, December 15th)
Final Score: (3) Michigan 81, West Virginia 66
Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Trey Burke poured in a game-high 27 points to
go with eight assists as No. 3 Michigan handled West Virginia, 81-66,
Saturday at Barclays Center.
Burke's backcourt mate, Tim Hardaway Jr., added 25 points on 4-of-8 shooting
from beyond the arc for the Wolverines (11-0), who are off to their best start
since 1988-89 -- when they also began 11-0 en route to their first and only
"It wasn't always pretty, but it sure felt good to get the win," said Michigan
coach John Beilein, who guided the Mountaineers to a 104-60 mark as their head
coach from 2003-07 and was facing his former club for the first time.
Terry Henderson paced West Virginia (4-5) with 23 points, while Juwan Staten
donated 12 points in the setback, the Mountaineers' second in a row.
"We'll win; we've won before and we'll win again," West Virginia coach Bob
Huggins remarked. "We've got to continue to guard better and we've got to
continue to rebound the ball better."
Michigan came out scorching from long range, knocking down a trio of 3-
pointers to help build a 13-2 edge just over two minutes into the contest.
The Wolverines held on to their double-digit advantage for much of the half
until Henderson poured in seven straight points on the tail end of a 10-0 West
Virginia run, bringing the visitors within 32-27 with 4:23 left in the half.
Michigan had the final say, however, as the Wolverines held the Mountaineers
without a field goal over the final three-plus minutes of the half and scored
nine of the final 12 points in the frame to build a 43-32 lead at the break.
A 9-2 start to the second half found the Wolverines in front by 18, but West
Virginia wouldn't go quietly. The Mountaineers used a 14-4 surge later in the
frame to pull within single digits for the first time since the first half.
Staten capped the spurt with a steal and fast-break dunk, making the score
69-61 with just over five minutes remaining.
Henderson then nailed a triple on West Virginia's next touch to cut it to
seven, but the Wolverines held the Mountaineers without a bucket from the
field over the final 4 1/2 minutes to hang on for the victory.
It was the first-ever meeting between West Virginia and Michigan in men's
basketball ... Michigan forward Jon Horford injured his left knee in the first
half and did not return. He finished with one point and two rebounds ...
Michigan shot 56 percent (28-of-50) from the field and held West Virginia to
38.5 percent (20-of-52) from the floor.
12/16 00:08:00 ET