Trey Burke carries Michigan past Michigan State
by Joe Rexrode, USA TODAY Sports
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan has its revenge and Indiana has a share of its first Big Ten championship since 2002.
But not without plenty of drama.
No. 10 Michigan State trailed by 10 with less than four minutes remaining today at Crisler Center, and it looked like the No. 4 Wolverines were on their way to convincing redemption for a 23-point loss at MSU on Feb. 12.
Gary Harris, Keith Appling and the Spartans came all the way back to tie it with a furious rally. Then U-M’s Trey Burke got the winning basket in a 58-57 triumph with 22.0 seconds left – after stripping Appling in the open floor and soaring in for a dunk. The Spartans were trying to set up for the final shot of regulation.
On MSU’s ensuing possession, Derrick Nix was fouled with 8.8 seconds left, but Nix missed the first and made the second. U-M’s Mitch McGary then missed the front end of a one-and-one with 8.0 ticks left, and MSU’s Tom Izzo called timeout with 4.9 seconds left.
Harris’ attempted pass to Appling was then stolen near the MSU sideline to end the Spartans’ chances.
It was a huge recovery for U-M (24-5, 11-5 Big Ten) after Wednesday’s stunning loss at Penn State. It is the third loss in a row for MSU (22-7, 11-5), a first in one season for the Spartans since the 2010-11 campaign.
So 13-3 IU has a share of its first Big Ten banner since a four-way tie in 2002. The Hoosiers can win it outright with a home win Tuesday over Ohio State.
If they lose, a multiple-team tie will be possible when Indiana visits U-M a week from today.
The loss drags MSU down and U-M up into a four-way tie for second place in the Big Ten, joining Ohio State and Wisconsin – which was stunned at home Sunday by Purdue, 75-62, on its senior day.
Burke scored 21 for the Wolverines. Harris had 16 and Adreian Payne 17 for the Spartans.
Joe Rexrode writes for the Detroit Free Press