Jackrabbits stop Burke but fall to Michigan 71-56
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Nate Wolters helped contain Trey Burke, so in the much-anticipated matchup of star point guards, South Dakota State more than held its own.
It was the rest of the Michigan lineup the Jackrabbits had trouble with.
Glenn Robinson III scored 21 points and Mitch McGary added 13 points and nine rebounds, helping fourth-seeded Michigan overcome a rough night for Burke in a 71-56 NCAA tournament win over 13th-seeded South Dakota State on Thursday night.
“We were trying to make Glenn Robinson beat us,” South Dakota State forward Jordan Dykstra said. “Unfortunately, he kind of did tonight.”
Burke made only two field goals and left the game briefly in the second half after a hard fall under the basket. He came back after that, but he finished with only six points.
Michigan (27-7) advanced anyway behind Robinson, McGary and Tim Hardaway Jr., who scored 21 points.
South Dakota State (25-10) trailed by only four at halftime but couldn’t keep up. Wolters, the high-scoring guard, was held to only 10 points.
Burke was held in single digits for the first time all season.
“We knew he was frustrated. I could see it in his body language in the first half,” South Dakota State coach Scott Nagy said. “Nate’s a tremendous defender and he doesn’t get much credit for it, but he did a good job.”
Michigan lost to another No. 13 seed, Ohio, in last year’s tournament. The Wolverines looked vulnerable again at halftime of this one. They led 30-26, but Burke hadn’t made a shot from the field.
On this night, though, he had plenty of help. Robinson, the son of the former Purdue star with the same name, scored Michigan’s first 11 points of the second half, including three 3-pointers.
Robinson put the Wolverines up 41-30 with a 3. He finished 8 of 9 from the field.
“My confidence has always been there, but tonight the ball just felt right coming out of my hand,” Robinson said. “It hasn’t felt like that for a while, but when I started hitting shots, my teammates went right back to me. That’s the way this team plays. Even when Trey isn’t hitting shots, he’s making passes and getting us open shots.”
Hardaway, another Michigan player with a familiar name, went 8 of 13 and made five 3-pointers.
With 11:01 to play, Burke hit the ground with a thud while competing for a defensive rebound.
Burke was able to walk off the court but went down the tunnel toward the locker room. He returned to the game with 9:23 to go. Burke finished with seven assists, which helped offset his poor shooting.
McGary, making only his third start of the season, gave the Wolverines some added muscle inside. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound McGary added an exclamation mark late in the game when he stepped in front of a pass by Wolters, stole the ball and went all the way for a dunk to make it 65-52.
Brayden Carlson had 20 points for the Jackrabbits, but only four after halftime.
Burke is a national player of the year candidate, and Wolters is one of the country’s top scorers, but the matchup of talented point guards never really lived up to the hype.
Burke scored only two points in the first half, and Wolters had only four.
“It was just difficult to get in the lane, and they did a good job on pick-and-rolls just kind of staying with me and trapping me a little bit,” Wolters said. “Brayden really got us going first half. He was our only source of offense.”
Carlson kept the Jackrabbits in the game, and Hardaway picked up the slack for the Wolverines with 12 first-half points, all on 3-pointers.
“I was frustrated at halftime and we were only down four,” Nagy said. “We just were playing so poorly offensively. I thought defensively we were doing what we wanted to do, but, you know, I was frustrated with our team at half just because it just felt like we were soft offensively.”