Top 25: No. 4 Wolverines slip past Michigan State

2013-03-04T00:00:00Z Top 25: No. 4 Wolverines slip past Michigan StateThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A 10-point lead had slipped away in the final minutes, and it looked like 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 remaining, and the fourth-ranked 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 they rebounded from Wednesday night's stunning defeat at Penn State with an inspired performance at home.

The Spartans (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten) had the ball with the shot clock off and the score 56-all, 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 was fouled with 8.8 seconds left, but he missed the first free throw. After he made the second, the Spartans fouled Michigan freshman Mitch McGary, who missed the front end of a 1-and-1.

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

The Michigan State loss clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title for Indiana.

• Purdue 69, No. 17 Wisconsin 56: In Madison, Wis., D.J. Byrd scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half and Purdue upset Wisconsin.

Terone Johnson added 16 points for the Boilermakers (14-15, 7-9 Big Ten), who had lost three straight road games and four of five overall. Purdue took control with a 21-3 run in the second half during which Byrd had nine points and Johnson eight.

Jared Berggren scored 13 points and Ryan Evans and Sam Dekker had 10 apiece for the Badgers (20-9, 11-5), who had won six of their previous seven.

• No. 23 Pittsburgh 73, Villanova 64, OT: In Pittsburgh, Talib Zanna scored nine of his 14 points in overtime and Pittsburgh rallied past Villanova.

Zanna added a career-high 19 rebounds for the Panthers (23-7, 11-6 Big East), who trailed by as much as nine in the second half. James Robinson also had 14 points for Pitt, including a game-tying three-pointer with 33 seconds left in regulation and another in overtime that gave the Panthers a five-point lead.

Ryan Arcidiacono led Villanova with 23 points but the Wildcats (18-12, 9-8) let an opportunity to pad their NCAA tournament resume slip away in the last Big East game at Petersen Events Center.

Zanna scored the first seven points of overtime and Pitt held on to win its third straight.

Tray Woodall scored 13 points and handed out 11 assists on Senior Day. Classmate and best friend Dante Taylor added seven points and six boards in a rare start and put an exclamation point on the victory with a dunk in the final seconds.

Taylor played 24 minutes while filling in for freshman center Steven Adams, who was forced to sit with a sprained left ankle.

The Wildcats led 35-26 the second half but couldn't make it stand up. Pitt rallied behind the play of Woodall and freshmen Durand Johnson and James Robinson.

Villanova appeared to be in control after Mouphtaou Yarou turned two straight possessions extended by offensive rebounds into buckets. The 6-foot-10 senior hit a pair of 17-footers, the second of which put Villanova up 56-52 with 1:21 to play.

Woodall countered with two free throws and after JayVaughn Pinkston made just 1 of 2 at the line, Robinson drilled a three-pointer from the corner with 33 seconds to go that tied it at 57.

The Wildcats wound the clock down but Arcidiacono's runner in the lane glanced off Taylor's hands and out of bounds. Villanova inbounded underneath the basket, but the entry pass squirted away from Pinkston as the clock wound down.

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