9:30 PM ET, November 21, 2012
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
No. 4 Michigan stifles Pittsburgh to reach NIT Season Tipoff final
NEW YORK -- After easily slicing apart three lesser teams, No. 4 Michigan stumbled out of the gate in its first test of the season before picking themselves back up and reasserting themselves.Trey Burke scored 17 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 16 and Michigan shut down the Pittsburgh via a switch in defensive tactics in the second half to reach the championship of the NIT Season Tipoff with a 67-62 win Wednesday night."This is big-man basketball right now," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "We haven't had that type of good defense on us yet."Pittsburgh's Tray Woodall made a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to make it a one-possession game, and Pittsburgh (4-1) pressed after a timeout. But Michigan (4-0) made eight straight free throws to close it out.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||24-53 (.453)||23-50 (.460)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-20 (.400)||3-17 (.176)|
|FT Made-Attempted||6-11 (.545)||18-22 (.818)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||15 (0/0)|
|» Nov 21, 2012||@MICH 67, PITT 62||Recap|
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Michigan beat Pittsburgh despite making just 3 of 17 3-point field goals. The team shot 53.1 percent (34-64) from behind the arc in its first 3 games.
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