The Michigan Wolverines (12-2, 2-0) defended their home court by holding off a strong effort by the Minnesota Golden Gophers (12-3, 0-2) to secure a valuable 61-56 Big Ten win.
Michigan took a four point lead to the break as both teams struggled to find an offensive rhythm after the Sunday afternoon tip. But after the half, the pace picked up as Michigan maintained control of the lead throughout the second half leading by seven points with six minutes to play.
But the Golden Gophers hung around all day and after a pair of Julian Welch three-pointers, Minnesota was suddenly only down by one point at 57-56 with two minutes remaining.
Minnesota would not score again, though and Tim Hardaway Jr. drilled an 18-foot jumper with 40 seconds remaining to put Michigan up by three. Minnesota went for the tie with 9 seconds left but Rodney Williams missed a deep three-point attempt that was corralled by Jordan Morgan.
After a smart time out, Zack Novak was fouled and went to the line to put the game out of reach. The win moves Michigan to 2-0 in the Big Ten as they prepare for a tough road test on Thursday at Michigan.
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