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Star steals one for Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A 10-point lead had slipped away in the final minutes, and it looked as if the best Trey Burke and Michigan could hope for was another chance in overtime.

Then the star point guard decided to gamble, reaching in and knocking the ball away from Michigan State's Keith Appling with the game on the line.

"I take my eyes off it for a second to see their formation, and there's Trey going down the other end," Wolverines coach John Beilein said.

Burke's steal and dunk put Michigan ahead by two with 22 seconds left, and the No. 4 Wolverines held on for a pulsating 58-57 win over No. 9 Michigan State on Sunday. Burke had 21 points and eight assists, and he had enough energy left down the stretch to help Michigan to a much-needed victory.

The Wolverines avenged a 75-52 loss at Michigan State last month and rebounded from Wednesday night's stunning defeat at Penn State.

The Spartans (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten) had the ball with the shot clock off and the score tied at 56, but Burke stole the ball from Appling near midcourt and went in alone for the game's last field goal.

"I really wasn't pressuring him as hard as I felt like I could, the whole game," Burke said. "I tried to turn him as many times as possible. The one time I did turn him, he kept the ball out, so I just went after it. If I was going to miss it, then I was going to be out of the play."

Instead, he ended up with a dunk, giving Michigan (24-5, 11-5) the lead. Michigan State's Derrick Nix made one free throw, then Michigan freshman Mitch McGary missed a one-and-one.

Michigan State called timeout with 4.9 seconds left but never got a shot off as Burke stole a pass by Gary Harris.

The Spartans' loss clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title for Indiana.

PURDUE 69, NO. 17 WISCONSIN 56: D.J. Byrd scored nine of his 22 during a 21-3 second-half run as the visiting Boilermakers all but eliminated the Badgers (20-9, 11-5) from the Big Ten race. Wisconsin missed its final 18 3-pointers.

NO. 23 PITT 73, VILLANOVA 64, OT: Talib Zanna scored nine of his 14 in overtime as the host Panthers (23-7, 11-6 Big East) rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit.

UCLA: Coach Ben Howland said freshman Shabazz Muhammad would declare for the NBA draft this summer. Muhammad is a projected lottery pick.

Women

NO. 14 S.C. 67, UF 56: Ashley Bruner had 16 points for the host Gamecocks (23-6, 11-5), who set a school record for SEC victories in a season. Sydney Moss had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Gators (17-13, 6-10).

VIRGINIA 72, NO. 24 FSU 60: Faith Randolph scored a career-high 19 as the host Cavaliers (16-13, 8-10 ACC) ended a five-game skid. Alexa Deluzio had 22 points and tied a career high with six 3-pointers for the Seminoles (21-8, 11-7).

NO. 5 DUKE 65, NO. 15 UNC 58: Freshman Alexis Jones scored 22 for the host Blue Devils (27-2, 17-1 ACC), who forced the Tar Heels (26-5, 14-4) to miss 19 straight second-half shots and set a school record for conference victories.

NO. 7 PENN ST. 82, NO. 20 NEB. 67: Maggie Lucas had 34 points as the visiting Lions (24-4, 14-2) clinched their second straight outright Big Ten championship and ended a 10-game winning streak by the Cornhuskers (22-7, 12-4).

NO. 10 KENTUCKY 78, NO. 8 TENN. 65: A'dia Mathies scored 13 in the second half, including back-to-back 3-pointers during a 19-6 run that helped the host Wildcats (25-4, 13-3 SEC) pull away from the Vols (23-6, 14-2).

NO. 9 MARYLAND 88, WAKE 61: The host Terrapins (23-6, 14-4 ACC) snapped their first losing streak of the season at two games.

NO. 11 GEORGIA 55, VANDY 50: The host Bulldogs (24-5, 12-4 SEC) rebounded from Thursday's 50-38 loss to Mississippi State.

NO. 12 DAYTON 73, ST. JOE'S 66: The host Flyers (26-1, 14-0 Atlantic 10) set a program record for victories since moving to Division I in the 1985-86 season.

LSU 67, NO. 13 TEXAS A&M 52: The visiting Tigers held the Aggies (21-9, 11-5 SEC) to 0-for-8 3-point shooting and won their sixth in a row.

NO. 17 UCLA 68, ARIZONA 57: Alyssia Brewer had 22 points for the visiting Bruins (23-6, 14-4 Pac-12), who won their fourth game in a row.

NO. 18 DELAWARE 62, DREXEL 57: Elena Delle Donne had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the host Blue Hens (26-3, 17-0 CAA), who tied a school record with their 21st straight win.

NO. 19 COLORADO 66, OREGON ST. 63, OT: The visiting Buffaloes (24-5, 13-5 Pac-12) rallied from a 16-point first-half deficit to win their ninth in a row.

NO. 25 PURDUE 76, ILLINOIS 65: Courtney Moses had 21 points for the host Boilermakers (21-8, 10-6 Big Ten).

Star steals one for Michigan 03/03/13 [Last modified: Sunday, March 3, 2013 11:57pm]
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