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Dave Campbell / AP Sports Writer, Published January 17 2013

No. 5 Michigan defeats No. 9 Minnesota in men's hoops

MINNEAPOLIS – Michigan brushed off that first loss in style. The 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 No. 5 Michigan hold off No. 9 Minnesota 83-75 on Thursday night, after falling at rival Ohio State four days before.

“We came out with a higher intensity than last game and set the tone first,” Burke said, adding: “We got our confidence back, and that’s important.”

Hardaway hit four 3-pointers in the first half for the Wolverines (17-1, 4-1 Big Ten), who held 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, and now Michigan has a week to rest before a home game against Purdue.

“When you don’t lose very often, they really hit hard,” coach John Beilein said. “I think it’s important for your mental health.”

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 but squandered some opportunities to really make the Wolverines worry. Joe Coleman missed three of four free throws in the final 4 minutes.

Rodney Williams cut the margin to 77-70 with 2:40 remaining and the Gophers got the ball back, but a 3-pointer by Williams rolled off the rim and Andre Hollins had his put-back attempt blocked underneath.

Burke stretched the lead to nine points with two free throws with 43 seconds left, effectively sealing another signature victory for the Wolverines.

“We’re going to have to do something out of the ordinary to be in the Big Ten hunt,” Beilein said. “Every team is going to have to do that.”

MICHIGAN (17-1): Robinson III 3-8 2-2 9, Morgan 4-6 1-3 9, Burke 5-15 5-6 18, Hardaway Jr. 7-8 3-6 21, Stauskas 3-6 4-6 11, Albrecht 1-1 0-0 2, McGary 4-5 0-0 8, Vogrich 0-0 0-0 0, McLimans 0-0 0-0 0, LeVert 1-2 2-2 5, Bielfeldt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-51 17-25 83.

MINNESOTA (15-3): Mbakwe 4-7 5-6 13, Williams 4-12 3-4 11, An. Hollins 5-12 1-2 13, Coleman 1-4 3-8 5, Au. Hollins 7-12 3-3 21, Welch 3-4 0-2 8, Osenieks 0-0 0-0 0, Ahanmisi 0-0 2-2 2, Ingram 0-0 0-0 0, Eliason 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 25-52 17-27 75.

Halftime: Michigan 36-30. 3-Point Goals: Michigan 10-20 (Hardaway Jr. 4-5, Burke 3-6, LeVert 1-2, Robinson III 1-3, Stauskas 1-4), Minnesota 8-16 (Au. Hollins 4-7, Welch 2-2, An. Hollins 2-5, Williams 0-2). Fouled Out: Williams. Rebounds: Michigan 25 (Hardaway Jr., Robinson III 5), Minnesota 33 (Mbakwe 10). Assists: Michigan 19 (Burke 9), Minnesota 16 (Coleman 6). Total Fouls: Michigan 19, Minnesota 21. A: 14,625.