Michigan steals a win

Posted: March 04, 2013

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.

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.

"They've got a good team," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "We did some real good things, but unfortunately, 'good' isn't good enough in this league."

The Spartans have lost three straight - to Indiana, Ohio State and Michigan - and their tough stretch isn't over. They face Wisconsin next.

In another Top 25 game:

* At Wisconsin, D.J. Byrd scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half and Purdue upset the No. 17 Badgers, 69-56. 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.

The loss left Wisconsin (20-9, 11-5) barely clinging to title hopes in the tightly contested Big Ten: The Badgers need to win their final two games, Thursday at No. 9 Michigan State and next Sunday at Penn State, and get a lot of help to claim a share of their first conference championship since 2007-08.

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