Hardaway leads Michigan to NIT Tip-Off title
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
NEW YORK – In back-to-back games against the two best opponents No. 4 Michigan has faced thus far, Tim Hardaway auditioned for the role of the Wolverines’ go-to guy.
Pretty compelling stuff.
Hardaway scored 23 points and pulled down seven rebounds, leading Michigan to a comfortable 71-57 win over Kansas State in the NIT Tip-Off championship game Friday evening at Madison Square Garden. That followed his 16-point game against Pittsburgh in the semifinals on Wednesday.
Hardaway scored 12 of his points Friday in the first half, carrying the scoring load while sophomore point guard Trey Burke and senior forward Jordan Morgan sat on the bench with foul trouble. The pair was held scoreless in the first half.
Hardaway, who suffered an apparent head injury late in the second half and had to be taken to the locker room, returned to the bench for the game’s final minute.
Rodney McGruder led Kansas State in scoring with 16 points – 14 of which were scored in the second half with the game’s outcome all but assured. He did not make a field goal until 9:43 remained in the second half.